The IDF Spokesperson's Unit said Wednesday evening that three IDF soldiers were killed earlier in the day during operational activity in the southern Gaza Strip. Their families were informed of their passing.
The IDF named the three: Staff Sergeant Matan Gotlib, a 21-year-old from Rishon LeZion, and Staff Sergeant Omer Hay, a 21-year-old from Savyon, and Staff Sergeant Guy Algranati, a 20-year-old from Tel Aviv.
Gotlib's funeral will take place Thursday at 6 pm in the military cemetary in Rishon LeZion. Omer Hay's funeral will begin at 5 pm in the military section at the Savyon cemetary. The date for Guy Algramati's funeral has not been set.
The Maglan unit soldiers were killed by an explosion in a tunnel that was uncovered in a house in the southern Gaza Strip. The IDF said, "the house and the tunnel were booby trapped with two explosive devices."
During the past day, 27 soldiers were wounded during operations in the Strip.
Since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge, 56 officers, NCOs, and soldiers have died.
Ten soldiers died on Tuesday in two separate incidents.
Sgt. Nadav Raimond, 19, from Shadmot Dvora; Sgt Daniel Kedmi, 18, from Tsofim; Sgt. Barkey Ishai Shor, 21, from Jerusalem; Sgt Sagi Erez, 19, from Kiryat Ata; and Sgt Dor Dery, 18, from Jerusalem were killed in a terrorist infiltration into Nahal Oz.
Staff Sgt. Adi Briga, Staff Sgt. Eliav Kahlon, Corporal Maeidan Biton, and Corporal Niran Cohen were killed by mortar fire on their staging position outside Gaza. And one