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Qassam Brigades claims to capture Israeli soldiers in Gaza ambush

Abu Obeida, the spokesman for the armed wing of Hamas, says in a recorded audio message the Palestinian group has taken Israeli soldiers captive during an operation in Gaza.

Qassam Brigades fighters “lured a Zionist force” into a tunnel in the Jabalia camp in northern Gaza and engaged them in close-quarters combat, he said.

The Israeli soldiers, whose numbers Abu Obeida did not specify, were all killed, wounded or captured. The group also released a short video that appeared to show an Israeli soldier being dragged away by Palestinian fighters inside a Hamas tunnel.

Israel’s army denies soldiers captured during Hamas operation

Israel’s military immediately denied a statement from Hamas that fighters captured an unidentified number of Israeli soldiers in Jabalia, northern Gaza.

“The [Israeli army] clarifies there is no incident of kidnapping a soldier,” the army said in a post on X.

Hezbollah says it launched eight attacks on Israeli positions

The latest of eight attacks by the armed Lebanese group was against soldiers with unspecified weapons. Hezbollah also it hit a building used by Israeli troops in Al-Manara, and “spy equipment” in the occupied Kfarchouba hills.

The group released multiple videos of attacks on Israeli positions during the past few days, with one showing an anti-tank guided missile used to directly hit an armoured troop carrier.

Hezbollah confirmed the deaths of two of its fighters in Israeli strikes as well.