ISRAEL AT WAR - DAY 148

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IDF announces deaths of two soldiers, bringing Gaza ground op toll to 86

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

Staff Sgt. Amit Bonzel, left, and Staff Sgt.Alemnew Emanuel Feleke, right, both 22, were killed in action during fighting in Gaza. Bonzel was killed on December 6, 2023. Feleke died of wounds sustained in fighting on December 5, 2023. (Israel Defense Forces)
Staff Sgt. Amit Bonzel, left, and Staff Sgt.Alemnew Emanuel Feleke, right, both 22, were killed in action during fighting in Gaza. Bonzel was killed on December 6, 2023. Feleke died of wounds sustained in fighting on December 5, 2023. (Israel Defense Forces)

The IDF announces the deaths of two soldiers killed during fighting in Gaza, bringing the toll of slain soldiers during the ground offensive against Hamas since late October to 86.

They are:

Staff Sgt. Amit Bonzel, 22, of the Paratroopers Brigade’s reconnaissance unit, from Shoham.

Staff Sgt. Alemnew Emanuel Feleke, 22, of the Commando Brigade’s Duvdevan unit, from Kiryat Gat. Feleke was wounded Dec. 5 during fighting in southern Gaza and succumbed to his wounds yesterday.

The IDF adds that three more reservists of the Paratroopers Brigade’s reconnaissance unit were seriously wounded in the battle in which Bonzel was killed.

Another soldier of the 551st Brigade’s 7008th Battalion was seriously wounded during a separate battle yesterday in Gaza.

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