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Daily Briefing June 16: Day 254 – Behind the IDF’s most loss-filled day in 6 months

Military reporter Emanuel Fabian on the 3 incidents that comprised the weekend’s tragedies, the IDF’s newly announced daily ‘tactical pauses,’ and its use of medieval weaponry

Welcome to The Times of Israel’s Daily Briefing, your 20-minute audio update on what’s happening in Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish world.

Military reporter Emanuel Fabian joins host Amanda Borschel-Dan for today’s episode.

The deaths of 11 soldiers were announced over the past day. We begin with the group of eight killed in Rafah in the IDF’s deadliest incident in the past six months. Also, two reservists were killed when their tank came under attack in northern Gaza over the weekend, the military also announced Sunday. And finally, Fabian describes an incident involving a further soldier, Sgt. Yair Roitman, 19, of the Givati Brigade’s reconnaissance unit, from Karnei Shomron, who succumbed to wounds he sustained Monday.

The IDF announced this morning a new daily 11-hour tactical pause of military activity along a key road in the southern Gaza Strip. What is the purpose of this?

At the same time, the United States military is preparing to temporarily remove its humanitarian pier off the coast of Gaza because of anticipated sea conditions, a US official said on Friday.

And finally, footage circulating on social media on Thursday showed Israeli soldiers using a kind of a catapult to launch incendiaries at Lebanon, in order to spark fires on the other side of the border. What was the official IDF response to this?

For more updates, please check out The Times of Israel’s ongoing live blog.

Discussed articles include:

Eight troops killed in Rafah explosion, in deadliest incident for IDF in 6 months

Two reservists killed in north Gaza, as soldiers slain in Rafah blast named

IDF announces daily pause in fighting along key south Gaza road to increase aid flow

US to temporarily remove aid pier from Gaza coast again due to bad weather

Troops use trebuchet to launch incendiaries at Lebanon

THOSE WE HAVE LOST: Civilians and soldiers killed in Hamas’s onslaught on Israel

THOSE WE ARE MISSING: The hostages and victims whose fate is still unknown

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