Nine Zionist soldiers were killed in Gaza and several more wounded as Hamas repelled a ground invasion by the regime's army which began on Saturday night.
A statement early on Sunday from Hamas's armed wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, said that in monitoring Israeli military radio traffic, it learned that five soldiers had been killed.
It added later that the number had increased to nine with fatalities it could directly confirm. One of the dead was said to be an officer.
The Israeli army refused to comment as usual.
No Hamas member was killed in the fight.
Haams spokesman Ismail Redwan vowed that Israeli incursion into Gaza "will not be a walk in the park and Gaza will become your cemetery."
Saturday, January 03, 2009
IRIB: "9 Israeli soldiers dead as regime invades Gaza"
In Jihad Land, the news is that Hamas is winning. This claims 9 Israeli casualties, chas veshalom. Arutz Sheva, which has more credibility of course, is only reporting injuries: