Cleared for publication: Staff-Sergeant Dvir Emanuelof, 22, from Givat Ze'ev was killed Sunday during IDF operations in Gaza's Jabalya area. Another soldier suffered critical injuries in a clash with terrorists in the Strip.
The soldiers were medevaced to the Soroka University Medical Center in Beersheba. Sunday saw 20 soldiers hurt after a mortar shell landed near a Golani patrol. The majority of the soldiers sustained minor injuries.
Ground troops entered Gaza Strip Saturday (Photo: AP)
Sunday saw 20 soldiers hurt after a mortar shell landed near a Golani patrol. The majority of the soldiers sustained minor injuries. The IDF estimates that some 50 Hamas terrorists have been killed since the inception of the ground offensive Saturday night.
According to reports coming from troops in the field, the fighting with Hamas cells, which are using a broad range of weapons including explosive devices, is at close range. Military sources have noted that though Hamas have avoided reporting official casualty counts, they estimate that dozens of terrorists have been wounded in addition to the dozens killed since Saturday night.
During Sunday morning's special cabinet meeting held at the IDF's Kirya Base in Tel Aviv, Shin Bet Chief Yuval Diskin reported that "there are initial signs that Hamas is becoming more flexible in their stance in regards to a possible ceasefire."
However, Diskin stressed that the rocket attacks on the south of the country will continue.
According to him, "the Hamas leadership abroad is under pressure, is actively seeking a ceasefire, and is disappointed from the Arab states that are not standing by Hamas. The leadership's situation in Gaza is similar. There is a real threat today to the Hamas operations in the Gaza Strip. The leadership in Gaza and abroad is under an existential threat."