Gaza conflict enters 14th day as Israeli forces claim to stop tunnel attacks

BY Justin Scuiletti  July 21, 2014 at 12:11 PM EST

An injured Israeli soldier is evacuated from near the Israeli border with Gaza Strip on July 21, 2014, following heavy fights between Israeli soldiers to Palestinian militants. Photo by Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images

An injured Israeli soldier is evacuated from near the Israeli border with Gaza Strip on July 21, 2014, following heavy fights between Israeli soldiers to Palestinian militants. Photo by Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images

The Israel Defense Forces claimed to have stopped two militant infiltrations into Israel on Monday as bloody fighting in the Gaza strip entered its 14th day.

Israeli residents near Gaza were ordered to take shelter in their homes as Israeli troops engaged two groups of militants who had entered Israel via network of tunnels underneath the Gaza Strip. An IDF statement claimed that one group was engaged on foot by ground troops, while an airstrike targeted the other. Ten militants were supposedly killed, with a currently unknown number of soldier deaths.

Two tunnel sites were also reportedly found and destroyed by Israeli troops, furthering the country’s goal to bring down the advanced underground tunnel network that provides a link between Gaza and Israel.

Since the conflict began two weeks ago, the fighting has left at least 510 Palestinians and 20 Israelis dead, the Associated Press reported.