3 soldiers killed in booby-trapped tunnel

Three Israel Defense Forces soldiers were killed while uncovering the entrance to a tunnel shaft in a home in Gaza.

A house and the tunnel shaft were booby-trapped with explosive devices that were detonated against the soldiers on July 30, the IDF said in a statement. Several soldiers also were injured in the incident. The IDF’s Gaza Division commander, Brig. Gen. Micky Edelstein, said the house was an abandoned UNRWA health clinic.

The Israeli death toll in the current operation in Gaza stands at 56 soldiers and three civilians, including one foreign worker, as of July 30.

Also July 30, following the end of a five-hour Security Cabinet meeting, diplomatic sources reported that the Cabinet instructed the IDF to continue its action against Hamas and other terrorist groups in Gaza and to work to destroy the tunnels. — jta