7 Palestinians, 1 Israeli officer die in Gaza operation

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Seven Palestinians and one Israeli military officer were killed Sunday in an apparent Israeli intelligence operation that went wrong in the Palestinian-controlled Gaza Strip.

One of the Palestinians who died was a senior commander in the military wing of Hamas, which runs Gaza. The Israeli who died was a lieutenant colonel. Another officer was wounded.

The clash, which came despite a cease-fire, was the first known Israeli ground incursion into Gaza since an operation that sparked a seven-week war in July 2014.

Palestinian witnesses said Israeli forces in an unmarked vehicle killed the Hamas commander. A gun battle erupted and Israelis responded with strikes by tanks and aircraft, the witnesses said. Palestinian militants responded by firing rockets into Israel.

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