IDF announces 2 soldiers killed during battle in central Gaza

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

This composite image shows Master Sgt. (res.) Ido Aviv (L) and Master Sgt. (res.) Kalkidan Meharim, who were killed during fighting in the central Gaza Strip on April 28, 2024. (Israel Defense Forces)
This composite image shows Master Sgt. (res.) Ido Aviv (L) and Master Sgt. (res.) Kalkidan Meharim, who were killed during fighting in the central Gaza Strip on April 28, 2024. (Israel Defense Forces)

The IDF announces the deaths of two reservists killed during fighting in the central Gaza Strip yesterday.

They are named as:

Master Sgt. (res.) Ido Aviv, 28, of the Yiftah Brigade’s 9232nd Battalion, from Karmiel.

Master Sgt. (res.) Kalkidan Meharim 37, of the Carmeli Brigade’s 223rd Battalion, from Petah Tikva.

Their deaths bring the toll of slain troops in the IDF’s ground offensive against Hamas to 263.

The pair were killed and another soldier of the 223rd Battalion was seriously wounded as a result of a blast during a battle with gunmen in the Netzarim Corridor area, according to an initial IDF investigation.

The cause of the explosion is still being probed.

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