The painful process of identifying the bodies is ongoing, as well as the process of notifying the families. Some of the dead were lone soldiers and their families are abroad. One of the soldiers was a resident of California. It appears two of them were US citizens. These factors and the matter of making positive identification of bodily remains delayed giving the okay to publish this tragic information.
The soldiers and officers HY”D were killed in fighting during the night and Sunday morning. Seven of them were killed when an anti-tank rocket hit their armored personnel carried (APC). Six others were killed in different incidents.
At about 01:05 during the night, east of Tufach in Gaza City, seven of the combatants of the Golani Brigade’s 13th Battalion were killed when their APC was hit with the anti-tank rocket. Two others were injured in that incident.
At 01:20, soldiers of the 51st Battalion encountered terrorists and an exchange of gunfire followed. One soldier was killed in that shootout. At 01:30, another encounter with terrorists by soldiers of the same battalion. One soldier was killed and another seriously wounded.
In another incident a rocket was fired at soldiers. Three of them were killed.
Another soldier from Golani was killed in another incident.
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(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)