IDF announces 8 troops killed fighting in Gaza, including Golani battalion commander

Clockwise from top left: Lt. Col. Tomer Grinberg, Maj. Roei Meldasi, Sgt. Achia Daskal, Maj. Moshe Avram Bar On, Maj. Ben Shelly, Sgt. First Class Rom Hecht, Staff Sgt. Oriya Yaakov and Cpt. Liel Hayo, who were killed fighting against Hamas terrorists in the Gaza Strip on December 12, 2023. (Israel Defense Forces)
Clockwise from top left: Lt. Col. Tomer Grinberg, Maj. Roei Meldasi, Sgt. Achia Daskal, Maj. Moshe Avram Bar On, Maj. Ben Shelly, Sgt. First Class Rom Hecht, Staff Sgt. Oriya Yaakov and Cpt. Liel Hayo, who were killed fighting against Hamas terrorists in the Gaza Strip on December 12, 2023. (Israel Defense Forces)

The Israel Defense Forces announces that eight soldiers were killed yesterday fighting in the Gaza Strip, bringing the death toll in the ground offensive against the Hamas terror group to 113.

They are:

Lt. Col. Tomer Grinberg, 35, the commander of the Golani Brigade’s 13th Battalion, from Almog.

Maj. Roei Meldasi, 23, a company commander in the Golani Brigade’s 13th Battalion, from Afula.

Maj. Moshe Avram Bar On, 23, a company commander in the Golani Brigade’s 51st Battalion, from Ra’anana.

Sgt. Achia Daskal, 19, a soldier in the Golani Brigade’s 51st Battalion, from Haifa.

Cpt. Liel Hayo, 22, a platoon commander in the Golani Brigade’s 51st Battalion, from Shoham.

Maj. Ben Shelly, 26, a squad commander in the Israeli Air Force’s Unit 669, from Kidron

Sgt. First Class Rom Hecht, 20, of the Israeli Air Force’s Unit 669, from Givatayim.

Staff Sgt. Oriya Yaakov, 19, of the Combat Engineering Corps’ 614th Battalion, from Ashkelon.

The army says another three soldiers were seriously wounded.

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