the group's fighters had killed 10 Israeli soldiers in an
operation inside Israel east of al-Shujaiyya.
Al-Qassam said in a statement that its fighters infiltrated
"behind enemy lines" and killed 10 soldiers.
All of its fighters had returned safely to base, the group
The Israeli army said in a statement that they had
prevented an "attempted infiltration from the northern Gaza
Strip through an offensive tunnel into Israel."
The statement added that "militants opened fire" at Israeli
forces and "searches were being carried out to find them."
Israeli channel 10 said that an "exchange of fire" had
occurred near Nahal Oz east of Gaza, and quoted the Israeli
army as saying that they had killed four fighters.
Palestinian militants have killed 43 Israeli soldiers since the
beginning of the Israeli assault on Gaza three weeks ago.