that a group of its fighters infiltrated southern Israel from a
tunnel in the northern Gaza Strip.
The operation was in retaliation for the "massacre" in the al-
Shujaiyeh neighborhood of Gaza City on Sunday, Hamas
said, adding that the fighters destroyed an Israeli military
Israel's army spokesman said 10 Hamas fighters were killed.
"Hamas terrorists infiltrated Israel through two tunnels from
north Gaza. IDF intercepted and killed more than 10
terrorists," Lieutenant Colonel Peter Lerner wrote on his
official Twitter feed.
Residents in Kissufim and nearby areas in southern Israel
were told to stay in their homes and a main highway to
Ashkelon was closed.
Israeli casualties were reported in the media although an
Israeli military spokeswoman said she could not confirm the