IDF announces 39-year-old reservist Ran Yavetz killed in ‘accident’ on Gaza border

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

Sgt. Maj. (res.) Ran Yavetz, 39, of the Bislamach Brigade's 6828th Battalion, who was killed in an operational accident on the border with Gaza, May 16, 2024. (Courtesy)
Sgt. Maj. (res.) Ran Yavetz, 39, of the Bislamach Brigade's 6828th Battalion, who was killed in an operational accident on the border with Gaza, May 16, 2024. (Courtesy)

The military announces the death of a reservist who was killed earlier today in an “operational accident” on the border with the Gaza Strip.

He is named as Sgt. Maj. (res.) Ran Yavetz, 39, of the Bislamach Brigade’s 6828th Battalion, from Modiin.

Yavetz was killed and another four troops were lightly hurt in a blast caused by Israeli munitions in a military zone near the Black Arrow memorial site on the border.

The incident is under further investigation.

Two hundred and seventy-nine soldiers have been killed during the ground offensive against Hamas and amid operations along the Gaza border. A civilian Defense Ministry contractor has also been killed in the Gaza Strip.

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