Eleven Israeli soldiers have been killed fighting Hamas terrorists in Gaza since the Jewish nation stepped up its ground operations in the Palestinian territory, the Israeli military said.
The Israeli military first announced that two soldiers, Sgt. Roy Wolf and Sgt. Levi Lifshitz, who were killed Tuesday in “hand-to-hand” fighting in northern Gaza, the Wall Street Journal reported.
On Wednesday, the Israeli military confirmed that nine more soldiers were killed Tuesday while fighting Hamas in the Palestinian enclave.
The IDF identified the soldiers as Corporal. Asif Loger, Lt. Ariel Reich, Sgt. Hillel Salomon, sergeant. Adi Danan, sergeant. Adi Léon, sergeant. Erez Mishlovsky, cap. Lior Siminowitz, Cpl. Ido Ovadia, sergeant. Roy Wolf and Sgt. King Daoui.
The ages of the 11 fallen soldiers ranged from 19 to 24, Israeli officials said.
Israel began a new stage of the war this weekend with troops on the ground in Gaza, following retaliatory airstrikes in response to the massacre of more than 1,400 Israelis by Hamas on October 7.
Since the Hamas attack in Israel that sparked the war, more than 300 Israeli soldiers have been killed.
Gaza’s Hamas-backed health ministry says more than 8,000 Palestinians have been killed since the conflict began last month.
Troops successfully freed an IDF soldier from Hamas captivity during a ground operation, the army announced Monday.
More than 200 hostages were taken by Hamas during the terrorist group’s brutal attack.
With post wires