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3 troops killed in Gaza this morning

Three Israeli soldiers were killed in the Gaza Strip this morning during a raid on a building, the IDF said.

All three belonged to the IDF’s Paratroopers Unit. According to the IDF, they were killed upon entering a booby-trapped house in the coastal enclave.

22-year-old Paz Elyahu, from Evron, 19-year-old Li Mat, from Eilat, and 20-year-old Shahar Dauber, from Ginegar, were killed by an explosive device activated against forces in the Gaza Strip. The IDF says Elyahu was posthumously promoted to the rank of lieutenant, while Mat and Dauber were both posthumously promoted to the rank of staff sergeant.

Staff Sergeant Shahar Dauber, 20, from Ginegar (screen capture: Channel 2)
Staff Sergeant Shahar Dauber, 20, from Ginegar (screen capture: Channel 2)
Staff Sergeant Li Mat, 19, from Eilat (screen capture: Channel 2)
Staff Sergeant Li Mat, 19, from Eilat (screen capture: Channel 2)
Lieutenant Paz Elyahu, 22, from Evron (screen capture: Channel 2)
Lieutenant Paz Elyahu, 22, from Evron (screen capture: Channel 2)

The soldiers’ entry into the house triggered an explosion that caused part of the house to cave in. A gunbattle between armed militants and Israeli soldiers then ensued, leaving seven soldiers wounded, two of them seriously.

The remaining soldiers evacuated the dead and wounded under fire, and they were transported to Israel by helicopter.

The soldiers’ families have been notified.

Altogether, 28 soldiers were injured in operations throughout the Gaza Strip today, two of them seriously, ten of them moderately and 16 lightly.

Since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge, 32 soldiers have been killed.

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