8 Israeli Soldiers Killed in Southern Gaza in Deadliest Attack on Israeli Forces in Months

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JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s military says that eight soldiers have been killed in southern Gaza in the deadliest attack on Israeli forces in months. The army said Saturday without elaborating that the troops were killed in an explosion. The deaths will likely fuel calls for a cease-fire and heighten Israeli public anger over ultra-Orthodox exemptions from the military. Months of cease-fire negotiations have failed to find common ground between Israel and Hamas. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said earlier in the week that Hamas proposed changes to a U.S.-backed plan. Blinken said that some of them were “workable” and some not without elaborating.

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