The Israel Defence Forces suffers its heaviest loss in a single day since the 2006 war in Lebanon as 13 soldiers are killed in Operation Protective Edge clashes in Gaza. The military says seven of the soldiers are killed when militants detonate an explosive device against their armored personnel carrier, three die in clashes as armed forces face hundreds of Hamas fighters, and three are trapped in a burning building. A senior official speaking to reporters in Tel Aviv on condition of anonymity, in line with army rules:
It was a real battle there. They were hiding in the apartments, shooting at the Israeli soldiers from the apartments, from the houses, from the windows.