IDF announces death of soldier killed in Gaza fighting today; toll climbs to 233

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

Staff Sgt. Rotem Sahar Hadar, 20. (Israel Defense Forces)
Staff Sgt. Rotem Sahar Hadar, 20. (Israel Defense Forces)

The IDF announces the death of a soldier killed during fighting in the southern Gaza Strip today, bringing the toll of slain troops in the ground offensive against Hamas to 233.

He is named as Staff Sgt. Rotem Sahar Hadar, 20, of the Paratroopers Brigade’s reconnaissance unit, from Kfar Aviv.

Hadar was killed and two soldiers and an officer of the same unit were seriously hurt in the same battle with Hamas operatives.

Six more soldiers were also wounded, in light and moderate conditions, in the same incident.

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