UK & World News
Israeli Troops Killed In Cross-Border Attack
Two Israeli soldiers have been killed by Hamas militants who entered the Jewish state through a tunnel from Gaza, according to the Israeli army.
At the same time, authorities in Gaza said the number of Palestinians so far killed in the offensive had risen to at least 335, including 70 children.
The raid came as both sides clashed on the Gaza border, with reports of some heavy fighting inside Israeli territory.
An army statement said the two dead soldiers, Sergeant Adar Bersano, 20 and Sergeant Adar Bersano, 45, died fighting militants who infiltrated Israel's border through a concealed tunnel from the centre of the Gaza Strip.
The army earlier said the pair had been wounded in a clash with Hamas, who had been "aiming to carry out a lethal attack in one of the nearby communities".
It claimed the militants had fired machine guns and an anti-tank missile at the soldiers, who returned fire, "killing a terrorist and forcing the rest back into Gaza".
The military wing of Hamas, the Ezzedine al Qassam Brigades, said some of its fighters were "behind enemy lines" and were involved in gun battles with the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) near the Gaza border fence.
In a statement, it said: "Heavy fighting is ongoing with the forces of the occupation."
The deaths bring to three the number of Israeli soldiers killed since Israel launched its military operation to halt rocket fire by Hamas. Two Israeli civilians have also died.
On Saturday, the Israeli military said troops discovered 13 tunnels into Israel in the first 24 hours of its ground operation in Gaza.
It also said it has hit a total of 2,350 targets in Gaza, including 1,100 rocket launchers, in 12 days of fighting.
Engineers are concentrating on a 1.5-mile buffer zone and are looking to destroy tunnels dug since the last major fighting in 2012.
Spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Peter Lerner said: "We have struck hard on the two main strategic assets of Hamas: the rockets and these tunnels."
Israel began the ground operation on Thursday after rockets were fired into Israel. It has said the offensive could last for up to two weeks.
But the land offensive has so far failed to halt the rocket attacks, with claims of more than 90 missiles fired into Israel on Saturday.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is heading to the region to help mediate between the two sides.
Meanwhile, thousands of protesters marched through central London calling for an end to Israeli military action in Gaza and "justice and freedom" for Palestine.