JERUSALEM (Reuters) – The Israeli military said on Thursday that five soldiers were killed in the northern Gaza Strip when they were struck by Israeli tank fire.

Israeli ground forces re-entered parts of northern Gaza this month to crack down on attempts by the Islamist group Hamas to regroup.

“There was a tank crossfire of the 202 battalion resulting in the death of 5 soldiers and some soldiers injured. The soldiers were evacuated for further medical treatment, the families were updated,” the military said of the incident that occurred on Wednesday.

(Reporting by Dan Williams; Editing by Sonali Paul and Bernadette Baum)

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