15 Israeli soldiers killed in Gaza in battle with Hamas resistance fighters

2023-11-01 18:49:20
15 Israeli soldiers killed in Gaza in battle with Hamas resistance fighters

The Israeli military says eleven Israeli soldiers were killed and several were serious wounded while fighting members of the Palestinian Hamas resistance movement in the besieged Gaza Strip.

The regime’s military said in a statement on Wednesday that two of the soldiers served in the 77th Battalion of the 7th Armored Brigade, while the rest of the soldiers were part of the Givati Infantry Brigade’s Tzabar Battalion.

In a post on X, Israel's minister of military affairs Yoav Gallant called the killing of soldiers in ground battles in Gaza “a hard and painful blow”.

The Givati soldiers were killed after an armored vehicle they were in was hit by an anti-tank guided missile fired by Hamas on Tuesday. Another four soldiers were wounded in the same incident, including one seriously.

The 77th Battalion soldiers were killed after their tank drove over an explosive device. Another two soldiers were seriously hurt in that incident.

Also on Tuesday, another soldier from Givati’s Rotem Battalion was seriously wounded in separate clashes with Hamas fighters in the Gaza Strip.

The total number of Israeli troops killed since October 7 when the occupying regime launched its aerial campaign against the Gaza Strip has climbed to at least 326, according to the military.

Local sources reported that Palestinian fighters and Israeli forces are engaged in heavy fighting south of the Zeitoun neighborhood, southeast of Gaza City.

On October 7, Hamas launched its biggest operation against Israel in years, dubbed Operation al-Aqsa Storm, in response to the occupying regime’s intensified crimes against the Palestinian people in the occupied West Bank.

The ongoing Israeli massacre has killed 8,610 Palestinians and left more than 23,000 wounded, according to the figure provided on Tuesday by the Ministry of Health in its daily report on the situation in the occupied territories. The figure excludes the casualties from the Israeli attack on Jabalia.

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