At the same time that the country wakes to a hopeful morning with news of the rescue of two hostages, the IDF also announces the deaths of two soldiers during operations in Gaza (the two were not killed in the rescue operation, in which there were no fatalities):
Sgt. First Class Adi Eldor, 21 of Haifa, of the Maglan unit, who was killed in the southern Gaza Strip.
Sgt. First Class (res.) Alon Kleinman, 21 of Tel Aviv, of the Maglan unit, who was killed in the southern Gaza Strip.
Their deaths bring the military death toll since the start of the ground offensive in Gaza to 229.