IDF announces death of soldier killed in southern Gaza fighting, bringing ground op toll to 255

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

Sgt. First Class Sivan Weil (Israel Defense Forces)
Sgt. First Class Sivan Weil (Israel Defense Forces)

The IDF announces the death of a soldier who succumbed to wounds sustained during fighting against Hamas in the Khan Younis area of the southern Gaza Strip on Friday.

He is named as Sgt. First Class Sivan Weil, 20, of the Commando Brigade’s Egoz unit, from Ra’anana.

His death brings the toll of slain troops in the ground offensive against Hamas to 255.

In the Friday incident, a Hamas operative fired an RPG at a building near Nasser Hospital, used by Egoz troops as an encampment, leading to the death of Sgt. First Class Alon Kudriashov and the injury of 16 other Egoz troops.

Weil was among six seriously wounded troops in the incident, succumbing to his wounds earlier today.

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