30 Israelis soldiers killed or wounded

Israeli soldiers guard at Gaza border after Israel started the ground operation on Jan. 3, 2009. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Saturday evening began its ground operation in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, an IDF spokesman told Xinhua. (Xinhua/Yin Bogu)

Sat, 03 Jan 2009 23:14:51 GMT -- Hamas says that five Israeli soldiers have been killed and 25 wounded while it says that the Palestinian resistance is ready to fight a long battle.

Palestinian fighters exchanged fire with invading Israeli army forces, according to news reports late on Saturday night.

This is while Hamas spokesman Ismail Radwan noted as he read a statement on Hamas's al-Aqsa television network on Saturday that Israel's ground "incursion into Gaza will not be a walk in the park and Gaza will become your (Israelis) cemetery God willing."

Meanwhile Palestinian fighters detonated a 50-kilogram bomb as Israeli forces crossed into the Gaza Strip on Saturday, Abu Mujahid a spokesperson of one of the key Palestinian armed groups, the Nasser Salah al-Din Brigades the armed wing of the Popular Resistance Committees, said.

He told the al-Jazeera television that their forces had set off the massive explosion in an area called Hayeh Zaytoun. It was not clear if the Israeli casualties are related to the attack.

He also said that his group is coordinating defense strategies with other armed factions, including Fatah's al-Aqsa Brigades, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Hamas, and other Palestinian resistance fighters. (MMA/HAR @PRESS TV)

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