The IDF announced Saturday that two more soldiers had been killed in combat in the Gaza Strip overnight, raising the IDF death toll since Operation Protective Edge began on July 8 to 37.
One of the fallen soldiers was identified as Guy Boyland, 21 years old from Ginosar, a combat engineer for the 7th Armored Brigade.
He will be laid to rest on Sunday afternoon at the military cemetery in Kibbutz Ginosar.
The second soldier’s identity was not immediately released.
“In addition, since yesterday (Friday) evening 3 IDF soldiers were severely injured, 13 soldiers were moderately injured and 19 were lightly injured in several incidents as part of the ongoing ground operation in the Gaza Strip,” read a statement by the military.
On Friday the military had announced the deaths of two soldiers: Master Sgt. Yair Ashkenazy and Staff Sgt. Guy Levy. Levy was killed by an anti-tank missile fired from near a UN school, the IDF said. Mortar shells and anti-tank missiles were fired “from a structure near an UNRWA school,” the IDF said, killing Levy and injuring several others.
Ashkenazy, 36, was killed in combat in the northern Gaza Strip, possibly by friendly fire. He is survived by his wife and three children.
The military also said Friday that Sgt. Oron Shaul, previously declared Missing in Action and claimed by Hamas to have been kidnapped, was killed in the Gaza neighborhood of Shejaiya on July 13, during a bloody battle in which six other IDF troops died as well. The missing soldier’s remains have not been found, but a special IDF ethics committee ruled that sufficient evidence exists to determine that Shaul was killed in the attack.
IDF Chief Rabbi Brig. Gen. Rafi Peretz notified the soldier’s family that Shaul was designated a fallen soldier “whose place of burial is unknown.” This means a funeral will not be held at this time.
Racheli Gazit, speaking on behalf of the family on Friday afternoon, said the family was “still grappling with the news” and would not say that they accepted it.
Hitherto, the family had stated that they considered Shaul to be alive.