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    Ambush Kills 9 Israeli Soldiers in Gaza City, Where Battles Rage Weeks into Devastating Offensive

    Ambush Kills 9 Israeli Soldiers in Gaza City, Where Battles Rage Weeks into Devastating Offensive

    RAFAH, Gaza Strip — Palestinian militants ambushed Israeli troops in a dense Gaza neighborhood, killing at least nine of them, media reported Wednesday, as Hamas put up stiff resistance in areas that has isolated and pounded with airstrikes for over nine weeks.

    The and ground offensive has resulted in the deaths of over 18,400 Palestinians, mostly civilians, since the Oct. 7 attack by Hamas that triggered the war. Nearly 85% of Gaza's population of 2.3 million have been forced to flee their homes, and much of the territory's north resembles a moonscape.

    U.S. President Joe Biden's administration has repeatedly called on Israel to take greater measures to spare Palestinian civilians, even as it has blocked international calls for a cease-fire and rushed military aid to its close ally.

    More than six weeks after Israeli soldiers invaded Gaza's north, ground troops are still locked in heavy combat with Palestinian fighters in and around Gaza City. Clashes raged overnight and into Wednesday in multiple areas, with especially heavy fighting in Shijaiyah, a dense neighborhood that was the scene of a major battle during the 2014 war between Israel and Hamas.

    “It's terrifying. We couldn't sleep,” Mustafa Abu Taha, a Palestinian agricultural worker who lives in the neighborhood, said by phone. “The situation is getting worse and we don't have a safe place to go.”

    Radio said troops who…

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