Eight Israeli Soldiers Killed During an Operation in Rafah in Southern Gaza

Reference image: Israeli troops during their incursion into occupied Palestine. Photo: EFE/EPA/ABIR SULTAN

June 15, 2024 Hour: 1:13 pm

The Israeli government have confirmed the death of eight Israeli soldiers, included a Captain of the armoured personnel product of a “serious incident” during an operation in Rafah, in the southern tip of Gaza.


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The captain is Wassem Mahmoud, 23, from Beit Jann (northern Israel), and he was the deputy commander of the Israeli Army’s 601st Engineering Battalion. ” Seven other soldiers also fell in this incident. Their families have been notified,” a military statement added.

The al-Qassam brigades, the armed wing of the resistance and anti-Zionist invasion group, Hamas, claimed soldiers’ death this morning as “an ambush against enemy vehicles” in the Tal al-Sultan area of western Rafah.

According to the organization, they attacked an armored combat engineering vehicle ‘Namer’ using an Al Yassin 105 projectile, which burned it and killed the eight military personnel.

The armed forces, for their part, also study a possible explosion of mines that would be stored inside the vehicle -although normally these are loaded on the outside so that, in case of a detonation, they do not hurt the military-, according to the Times of Israel.

Since 7 October, 37,296 people have been killed in Gaza, while 85,197 have been injured, 70% of them women and children, according to the enclave’s Ministry of Health, which is governed by Hamas.

Rafah has become one of the nuclei of the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip despite the reluctance of most countries that urged the Zionist forces not to enter the city as it is populated by more than one and a half million Palestinians, mostly displaced from other parts of the besieged strip.

Autor: teleSUR English/ACJ

Fuente: EFE // Al Jazeera // AP

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