It has been approved for publication that two IDF soldiers were killed in combat in the Gaza Strip on Monday afternoon. One of the fallen soldiers was identified as Sergeant First Class Oded Ben Sira, infantry soldier, 22-years-old from Nir Etzion. He was posthumously promoted to the rank of Sergeant First Class. His funeral will be held at 5pm today at the cemetery in Nir Etzion.
Overnight Monday, three soldiers were severely wounded and four sustained light injuries in military activity in the area of the Strip. Twenty seven officers and soldiers have been killed since the beginning of the operation.