The three soldiers were killed when a booby-trapped UNRWA building in Gaza collapsed. Their deaths bring the IDF death toll in the fighting to 56. In the past 24 hours, 27 soldiers have been wounded in the Gaza operation.
It is permitted to announce the names of two of the fallen HY”D:
1. Sgt. 1st Class Matan Gottlieb, 21, of Rishon L’tzion (Maglan)
2. Sgt. 1st Class Omer Chai, 21, from Savion (Maglan)
IDF Southern District Commander Major-General Sami Turgeman on Wednesday estimated the IDF is days away from completing the operation to destroy terror tunnels. No mention was made regarding rocket fire from Gaza.
The Security Cabinet has adjourned after a five-hour meeting. The forum instructed the IDF to continue pounding Hamas targets, signaling the operation may be increased. Israel has indicated that if and when a ceasefire that complies with its demands is presented, it will be discussed. For now the operation continues.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)