Eliahou Elmakayes identified as 34th IDF soldier killed in Gaza ground offensive

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent

Master Sgt. (res.) Eliahou Benjamin Elmakayes, who was killed fighting in Gaza on November 8, 2023. (Courtesy)
Master Sgt. (res.) Eliahou Benjamin Elmakayes, who was killed fighting in Gaza on November 8, 2023. (Courtesy)

The Israel Defense Forces announces that Master Sgt. (res.) Eliahou Benjamin Elmakayes, a soldier of the Combat Engineering Corp’s 8219th Battalion, was killed during fighting in the central Gaza Strip yesterday.

Elmakayes, 29, was from Jerusalem.

His death brings the toll of slain soldiers in Israel’s ground offensive in Gaza to 34, and 352 since October 7.

Additionally, an officer and soldier of the Paratrooper’s 202nd Battalion, a reservist officer of the 551st Brigade’s 697th battalion, and a soldier of the 551st Brigade’s 6551st Battalion were seriously wounded in separate clashes in Gaza yesterday, the IDF says.

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