Israel says 13 soldiers killed in Gaza fighting

A Palestinian wheels an elderly woman as they flee their homes in the Gaza's Shijaiyah neighborhood, northern Gaza Strip, Sunday, July 20, 2014. A Gaza City neighborhood came under heavy tank fire Sunday as Israel widened its ground offensive against Hamas, causing hundreds of panicked residents to flee, including a woman in a wheelchair waving a white flag. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
A Palestinian wheels an elderly woman as they flee their homes in the Gaza's Shijaiyah neighborhood, northern Gaza Strip, Sunday, July 20, 2014. A Gaza City neighborhood came under heavy tank fire Sunday as Israel widened its ground offensive against Hamas, causing hundreds of panicked residents to flee, including a woman in a wheelchair waving a white flag. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

JERUSALEM (AP) – The Israeli military says 13 soldiers have been killed in fighting with Hamas militants in Gaza.

The military says the soldiers were killing during its ground offensive Sunday.

The deaths bring the total Israeli military casualties to 18. Two civilians have been killed by mortar and rocket attacks on Israel. Dozens of soldiers have been wounded.

At least 425 Palestinians have been killed in the near two-week conflict that shows no signs of stopping.

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