Reservist Elkana Newlander killed fighting in central Gaza; ground op toll at 186

Sgt. First Class (res.) Elkana Newlander, who the Israel Defense Forces announced was killed fighting against terrorists in the Gaza Strip on January 9, 2024. (Israel Defense Forces)
Sgt. First Class (res.) Elkana Newlander, who the Israel Defense Forces announced was killed fighting against terrorists in the Gaza Strip on January 9, 2024. (Israel Defense Forces)

The Israel Defense Forces announces that Sgt. First Class (res.) Elkana Newlander, 24, from Efrat, a combat medic in the 99th Division, was killed fighting yesterday in the central Gaza Strip.

He is the 186th soldier to be killed in the ground offensive against Hamas.

The army says that a reservist from the Yiftach Brigade was seriously wounded during the battle in which Newlander was killed. The wounded soldier was brought to a hospital for treatment.

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