IDF announces death of soldier fighting in southern Gaza, bringing ground op toll to 315

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

Sgt. First Class (res.) Malkia Gross (Israel Defense Forces)
Sgt. First Class (res.) Malkia Gross (Israel Defense Forces)

An Israeli soldier was killed earlier today during fighting in the southern Gaza Strip, the military announces.

The slain soldier is named as Sgt. First Class (res.) Malkia Gross, 25, of the 205th “Iron Fist” Reserve Armored Brigade’s 9212th Battalion from Susya.

His death brings the toll of slain troops in the ground offensive against Hamas and in operations on the Gaza border to 315. The toll includes a police officer killed in a hostage rescue mission.

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