Publish date16 Jun 2024 - 12:59
Story Code : 639381

Eight Israeli soldiers killed in southern Gaza Strip

Eight Israeli soldiers have been killed near the southern Gaza city of Rafah, one of the deadliest incidents for Israeli soldiers in the besieged Strip so far.
Eight Israeli soldiers killed in southern Gaza Strip
According to an initial Israeli army's probe, the troops were all killed inside a Namer armored combat engineering vehicle (CEV).

The soldiers had been driving in a convoy at around 5 a.m. on Saturday following an overnight offensive against Hamas in the northwestern areas of Rafah’s Tel Sultan neighborhood.

The convoy was heading to buildings captured by the army, for the troops to rest following the overnight operation.

The Namer CEV was the fifth or sixth vehicle in the convoy, and at some point, it was hit by a major explosion.

It was not immediately clear if it was a bomb planted ahead of time or if Hamas operatives had approached the vehicle with an explosive device and directly placed it on the CEV, the regime's media added.

The deadliest incident in Gaza occurred in January, during which 21 soldiers were killed in a blast following Hamas RPG fire that collapsed two buildings.
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