The darkest day for the Israeli army: nine soldiers die in an ambush in Gaza

Israel has endured one of its worst days since the start of the war in Gaza after a group of Palestinian fighters ambushed Jewish troops in a northern Gaza Strip neighborhood, killing nine Israeli soldiers from the Golani Brigade, considered an elite force. Clashes broke out in various areas overnight and into Wednesday, with particularly heavy fighting in Shujaiya.

Army Radio said troops searching a group of buildings in Shujaiya on Tuesday lost communication with four soldiers under attack, raising fears of a possible kidnapping. As the other soldiers launched a rescue operation, they were surrounded by heavy gunfire and explosives. Among the nine dead was Colonel Itzhak Ben Basat44, the highest ranking officer killed in the ground operation, and Lt. Col. Tom GrinbergBattalion Commander.

In the last few hours, the Israeli army attacked around 250 Hamas targets in heavy fighting in various parts of the Gaza Strip. “IDF ground, air and naval forces continue to conduct precision strikes against terrorist targets and infrastructure throughout the Gaza Strip. “Over the past day, more than 250 terrorist targets were attacked,” a military spokesman reported.

Fighting is raging in the enclave’s second largest city, Khan Yunis, In the south; but also in several strongholds in the north, such as Beit Lahia, Jabalia and Shujaiya, a district on the outskirts of Gaza City.

In Shujaiya, considered one of Hamas’ strongholds, the Israeli army reported today it had found a “terrorist cell” on its way to fire rockets into Israel, which was under attack by the Israeli air force. “Troops ordered an IAF aircraft to attack the terror cell and rocket launcher,” a statement on the operation said.

Read Also:  Several tremors, the strongest with a magnitude of 6.3, shook Taiwan

The Israeli army reported that the death toll in its ranks since the start of the ground offensive in the Gaza Strip was 115 and more than 600 were injured. This is the deadliest conflict for Israeli troops in all wars against Islamic militias in Gaza, surpassing the 66 soldiers killed in Operation Protective Edge in fifty days in 2014.

With information from Efe and AP

Recent Articles

Related News

Leave A Reply

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here