The Israel Defense Forces announces that two soldiers were killed fighting on Wednesday in the northern Gaza Strip, bringing the death toll in the ground offensive against Hamas to 50.
Cpt. Asaf Master, 22, from Kibbutz Bahan in central Israel, a platoon commander in the 401st Brigade’s 601 Battalion (part of the Combat Engineering Corps).
Cpt. Kfir Itzhak Franco, 22, from Jerusalem, a platoon commander in the 401st Brigade’s 52nd Battalion.
Additionally, the IDF says a reserves officer with the Negev Brigade was seriously wounded during fighting in Gaza yesterday, and a reserves military member with the Gaza Division was seriously wounded during operational activity in the Gaza border area.