Number of Israeli Soldiers Killed in Gaza Fighting Rises to 626


Israel has killed at least 35,233 people — majority of them babies,
children and women — and wounded over 79,141 in its 223-day war on Gaza

The Israeli army announced five more soldiers were killed in fighting in northern Gaza.

In a statement, the army said seven others were also injured, including
three in serious condition. They all belonged to the Paratroopers Brigade’s
202nd Battalion, TRT World reported.

The Times of Israel cited a military statement that claimed the incident was
caused by “friendly fire” from a tank, and that it is subject to
further investigation.

The deaths bring the number of Israeli soldiers killed since the start of
onslaught on Gaza to 626.

On other hand, the Israeli army sent an additional brigade to Rafah in
southern Gaza amid a military offensive in the city, according to local media.

The Commando Brigade joined the 162nd Division, which is fighting in eastern
Rafah, The Times of Israel newspaper reported, adding that the move came amid
expectations that the army would widen its military offensive in the
Palestinian city.


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