IDF announces names of 5 IDF soldiers killed in Gaza, bringing ground op death toll to 56

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

L-R: Staff Sgt. Shlomo Gurtovnik, Cpt. Eden Provisor, Staff Sgt. Adi Malik Harb, Staff Sgt. Shachar Fridman, Maj. Jamal Abbas, 23. (IDF)
L-R: Staff Sgt. Shlomo Gurtovnik, Cpt. Eden Provisor, Staff Sgt. Adi Malik Harb, Staff Sgt. Shachar Fridman, Maj. Jamal Abbas, 23. (IDF)

IDF announces the deaths of five soldiers killed during fighting in the Gaza Strip, bringing the death toll in the ground offensive against Hamas to 56.

They are:

Maj. Jamal Abbas, 23, a company commander in the Paratroopers Brigade’s 101st Battalion, from Peki’in

Cpt. Eden Provisor, 21, a platoon commander in the 401st Armored Brigade’s 52nd Battalion, from Alfei Menashe

Staff Sgt. Shlomo Gurtovnik, 21, a combat medic in the 401st Armored Brigade’s 46th Battalion, from Modiin

Staff Sgt. Adi Malik Harb, 19, of the Nahal Infantry Brigade’s reconnaissance unit, from Beit Jann

Staff Sgt. Shachar Fridman, 21, of the Paratroopers Brigade’s 101st Battalion, from Jerusalem

It also announces the death of Master Sgt. (res.) David (Dudi) Digmi, 43, a paramedic in the Gaza Division, from Rishon Lezion, who died on November 7. The IDF does not elaborate on the circumstances surrounding his death.

Additionally, the IDF says eight more soldiers were seriously wounded during fighting in the Gaza Strip in recent days.

It says four reservists of the 12th Brigade’s 6863rd Battalion were seriously wounded during fighting in northern Gaza on Thursday.

On Friday, an officer in the Bislamach Brigade’s 17th battalion was seriously wounded during fighting in northern, the IDF says.

The army says that in the battle in which Staff Sgt. Shlomo Gurtovnik was killed, another soldier of the 46th Battalion was seriously wounded; in the battle in which Cpt. Eden Provisor was killed, another soldier of the 52nd Battalion was seriously wounded; and in the battle in which Maj. Jamal Abbas and Staff Sgt. Shachar Fridman were killed, another soldier of the 101st Battalion was seriously wounded.

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