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Hamas' Al Qassam Brigades claimed to have captured an Israeli soldier. Palestinian officials said that 447 people have been killed in Gaza since July 8, and 87 were reported killed today. Thirteen Israeli soldiers were killed in separate attacks in Gaza.
Gazan officials claimed that over 300 Palestinians have been killed so far in the 11-day-old conflict, and that more than 60 died on the first day of Israel's ground operation. The operation today reached less than two miles into the Gaza Strip, focusing on rural and suburban areas where tunnels might be located. Israeli forces claimed to have found 10 tunnels, killed 17 militants, and hit 240 targets on the first day of the ground campaign. President Abbas called on Israel to halt the ground operation.
Palestinian officials claimed that 235 people have been killed by Israel's campaign in Gaza. Hamas threatened "dreadful consequences" in response to the commencement of Israel's ground campaign. In the 10 days of fighting so far, Gaza militants have fired some 1,500 rockets towards Israel, and Israeli forces have responded by hitting over 2,000 targets in Gaza. Hamas' Al Qassem Brigades claimed it launched a drone over Israel, which was shot down by Israeli forces.
After Hamas rejected a proposed ceasefire with Israel put forward by Egypt, a five-hour humanitarian truce in the Gaza Strip was agreed to by Israel. Israeli attacks have killed about 220 people and wounded 1,550 more in Gaza since last week. Israeli forces are said to be targeting the homes of senior Hamas officials. Israel has urged residents of several districts of the Gaza border area to evacuate their homes to avoid rocket attacks, affecting over 100,000 people.