The Israeli army confirms that 22 of its soldiers have been killed since Tel Aviv's ground assault on Gaza began.
Hamas however says at least 42 Israeli soldiers have been killed. Scores of Israeli soldiers have also been injured. On Monday alone, nearly 30 soldiers wounded. Earlier, Israeli media said more than one-hundred wounded soldiers were being treated in hospitals. Two Israeli civilians have been confirmed dead in the past few days, as Palestinian fighters continue to fire retaliatory rockets at Israel. On Monday, one civilian was injured in the city of Yad Mordechai. Rockets also exploded in several more cities including Ashkelon and Eshkol. Sirens also sound in Israeli cities.