21 IDF soldiers killed in Gaza attack

January 23, 2024
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Israeli leaders mark ‘unbearably difficult’ morning after 21 soldiers killed

TEL AVIV — Israeli leaders marked an “unbearably difficult” morning after 21 soldiers were killed yesterday in Gaza.

“On behalf of the entire nation, I console the families and pray for the healing of the wounded,” Israeli President Isaac Herzog said in a post on X. He said the soldiers had fallen in a “war that has every justification.”

Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant said it was a “hard and painful morning,” adding “our hearts are with our precious families during their hardest hour.”

“This war will determine the fate of Israel in the next decades — our fallen soldiers are an imperative to achieve war objectives,” he said.

IDF says 21 soldiers killed in Gaza yesterday in a single attack

TEL AVIV — The Israeli military has said that 21 soldiers were killed in an incident in Gaza yesterday, thought to be the deadliest single attack for the country’s troops since the war began.

The reservists were operating in what IDF spokesman Daniel Hagari called the “buffer zone” between Israeli settlements and the Palestinian enclave when the incident occurred. He said forces were demolishing buildings and infrastructure in the area, around 600 meters from the border, as part of an effort to secure the area so residents of southern Israel could eventually return back home.

The soldiers had been preparing two two-story buildings with explosives to be demolished, Hagari said this morning. At around 4 p.m. local time, an RPG missile was fired at a tank that was helping to protect the soldiers, he said. At the same time, an explosion occurred in the buildings, causing them to collapse on top of the soldiers.

Hagari said the IDF was still investigating the exact circumstances of the incident.

Fierce fighting in Khan Younis

A picture taken from Rafah shows smoke billowing over the city of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip yesterday.

Smoke over Khan Younis in Gaza
AFP via Getty Images





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