Crisis in Gaza

Booby Traps in U.N. Buildings Kill Three Israeli Soldiers

| by Paul Brown

Earlier this week, three Israeli soldiers were killed by booby traps that were planted by Hamas in a U.N. medical clinic, Inquisitr reports.

The men who lost their lives were: Sergeant First Class Matan Gottlieb, 21, from Rishon LeZion; Sergeant First Class Omar Chai, 21, from Savion, and Sergeant First Class Guy Algranati, 20, of Tel Aviv.

The clinic, which is run by UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency), was also built atop tunnels that led from Gaza into Israel. Dozens of these tunnels have been uncovered by Israel during the last few weeks of fighting, and at least five of them have been utilized by Hamas to attack Israel.

The U.N. has not commented on this incident, nor has it made a comment concerning the U.N.'s knowledge of or potential involvement in the planting of the devices, which weighed over 300 pounds.

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The U.N. has been openly condemning the actions of Israel over the past few weeks, though it has not acknowledged its own involvement in the crisis. Just two days ago UNRWA found rocket arsenals in its schools that belonged to Hamas. Instead of destroying or reporting them, they simply asked Hamas to take them elsewhere.

The death toll for the Israeli Defense Force has now reached 56, while the death toll for Hamas is up to 110.

The citizen casualties, however, have been extremely lopsided. Over 1,000 Palestinians have died so far during Israel's Operation Protective Edge, while only two Israeli civilians have been killed by Palestinian rocket fire since the fighting began.