IDF announces deaths of three more soldiers

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

L-R: Maj. (res.) Chen Yahalom, Sgt. Maj. (res.) Rani Tahan, Master Sgt. (res.) Yakir Biton (Courtesy)
L-R: Maj. (res.) Chen Yahalom, Sgt. Maj. (res.) Rani Tahan, Master Sgt. (res.) Yakir Biton (Courtesy)

The Israel Defense Forces announces the deaths of three reservists who were killed yesterday.

They are identified as Sgt. Maj. (res.) Rani Tahan, 40, an operations sergeant of the 261st Reserve Brigade’s 8717th Battalion from Sde Nehemia, and Master Sgt. (res.) Yakir Biton, 34, of the 261st Reserve Brigade’s 8717th Battalion, from Jerusalem.

Tahan and Biton died fighting in Gaza, bringing the death toll in the ground operation to 61.

It also announces the death of Maj. (res.) Chen Yahalom, 35, an officer in the Artillery Corps’s 8159th Battalion, from Kfar Azar, who died on November 18. The IDF does not elaborate on the circumstances surrounding his death.

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