What We Know about Al-Qassam ‘Ambush’ near Khan Yunis

Members of the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades fighters brandishing automatic rifles while donning the Lions’ Den emblem. (Photo: Mahmoud Ajjour, The Palestine Chronicle)

By Palestine Chronicle Staff  

In late afternoon Sunday, Al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Hamas movement, announced that it ambushed an Israeli military unit east of Khan Yunis.

A short while later, the Israeli army said that four of its soldiers were wounded, one seriously, in the Kissufim area, also east of Khan Yunis. 

It is clear that both Al-Qassam and the Israeli military are referring to the same incident. So, what happened?

The Palestinian Account 

This is the Al-Qassam statement, a copy of which was received by The Palestine Chronicle: 

“The fighters of Al-Qassam Brigades ambushed an armored Zionist force in a well-planned ambush east of Khan Younis after it crossed the temporary fence by several meters. 

“The fighters engaged with the infiltrating force, destroying two bulldozers and a tank, and forced the force to withdraw. They safely returned to their bases.” 

The Israeli Account

This is the Israeli account: 

For its part, the Israeli military said that Palestinian fighters opened fire at its forces west of the Gaza fence, in the Kissufim area, east of Khan Yunis. 

The Israeli occupation account added that one of its tanks attacked a group that had fired on the soldiers in Kissufim.

The Israeli army admitted that four of its soldiers were wounded, one in a serious condition. 

This is considered the first direct clash between Palestinian fighters in Gaza and the Israeli military amassing at the border since the start of the war.

(The Palestine Chronicle)

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