IDF: Bloodiest Battle in Gaza Could Have Been Much Worse

Extraordinary measures taken to save soldiers from fierce Hamas counterattack a week ago in Shujaiyeh, where 13 Golani troops and some 70 Gazans, half or more of them civilians, were killed.

During the fighting in Shujaiyeh a week ago, the bloodiest battle of Operation Protective Edge on both sides, Hamas’ counterattack at Israeli soldiers was so fierce that the army ordered its troops to take cover in armored personnel carriers, then laid down extraordinary firepower only 100 meters away from them to save their lives.