IDF says 5 more soldiers were killed yesterday in Gaza, bringing day’s toll to 9

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

L-R: Master Sgt. (res.) Amit Shahar; Cpt. (res.) Ron Efrimi; Master Sgt. (res.) Roi Avraham Maimon; Sgt. Maj. (res.) Akiva Yasinskiy; and Cpt. (res.) Denis Krokhmalov Veksler, killed in Gaza on January 8, 2024. (Israel Defense Forces)
L-R: Master Sgt. (res.) Amit Shahar; Cpt. (res.) Ron Efrimi; Master Sgt. (res.) Roi Avraham Maimon; Sgt. Maj. (res.) Akiva Yasinskiy; and Cpt. (res.) Denis Krokhmalov Veksler, killed in Gaza on January 8, 2024. (Israel Defense Forces)

The IDF announces the deaths of another five soldiers killed during fighting in the Gaza Strip yesterday, bringing the toll of slain troops yesterday to nine, and since the start of the ground offensive against Hamas to 185.

They are:

Master Sgt. (res.) Amit Shahar, 25, of the Combat Engineering Corps’ Yahalom unit, from Ramat Yohanan.

Cpt. (res.) Denis Krokhmalov Veksler, 32, an officer in the Combat Engineering Corps’ Yahalom unit, from Beersheba.

Cpt. (res.) Ron Efrimi, 26, an officer in the Combat Engineering Corps’ Yahalom unit, from Hod Hasharon.

Master Sgt. (res.) Roi Avraham Maimon, 24, a paramedic in the Combat Engineering Corps’ Yahalom unit, from Afula.

Sgt. Maj. (res.) Akiva Yasinskiy, 35, of the Combat Engineering Corps’ 8173rd Battalion, from Ramat Gan.

All five were killed by explosives that detonated in central Gaza’s Bureij, along with Sgt. First Class (res.) Gavriel Bloom whose death was announced earlier.

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