IDF Death Toll Rises To 42


idf3The IDF cleared for publication today the names of six soldiers killed in Gaza, bringing the overall death toll of soldiers since the operation began 19 days ago to 42.

Captain Liav Lavi, an infantry corps soldier, 22, from Telmi Yossef succumbed to his wounds Friday after he was wounded on Thursday during operational duty in southern Gaza.

Sergeant Major Rami Chalon, 39, from Chadera also succumbed to his wounds after sustaining injuries last Tuesday in fighting along the Gaza-Israel border.

The fallen soldiers from fighting Friday and early Shabbos are Staff Sergeant Amit Yeori, Lt. Roy Peles, Staff Sergeant Avraham Grintzvaig, 21, from Petach Tikvah; and Staff Sergeant Gal Bason, 21, from Cholon.

Yeori, 20, from Yerushalayim, was killed Friday when Maglan forces clashed with terrorists in southern Gaza.

Peles, 21, from Tel Aviv, was killed overnight Friday after the armored personnel carrier he was traveling in was hit. He was raised to the rank of lieutenant after the incident.

Grintzvaig, 21, from Petach Tikvah, was a Nachal soldier and was killed as part of operational duty in the northern Gaza Strip overnight Friday; he was promoted to the rank of staff sergeant in wake of the incident.

Bason, 21, from Cholon was an engineer corps soldier and was killed as part of operational duty in northern Gaza.

Earlier Shabbos, the family of Staff Sergeant Guy Boyland (21) from Kibbutz Ginosar were notified his death in Gaza. Boyland served as a combat soldier in the IDF’s Engineer Corps.

Boyland’s levaya will be held on Sunday at 5pm at Kibbutz Ginosar.

Another IDF soldier was killed on Friday in the central Gaza Strip, the IDF spokesman said. The IDF named the soldier as Staff Sgt. Guy Levy, 21 from Kfar Vradim, an Armored Corps combat soldier.

Just before the beginning of Shabbos, thousands made it to the Rechovot levaya of Sergeant First Class (reservist) Yair Ashkenazi who was killed in the early morning hours of Friday during operational activity in the northern Gaza Strip.

Also on Friday, the Chief Military Rabbi Brig.-Gen. Raffi Peretz has declared MIA soldier Staff Sgt. Oron Shaul dead at 2:40pm.

Golani Brigade soldier Shaul, 22, was killed in the Gaza Strip on Sunday, July 20, when Palestinian terrorists fired an anti-tank missile at the armored personnel carrier (APC) he was riding in. Six other soldiers were also killed in that incident.

But while the bodies of the other six were identified, Shaul went missing. Hamas claimed to have kidnapped him but so far, the Islamist Movement has yet to provide proof to their claims. The army said the Chief Military Rabbi considered halacha, medical and other relevant considerations before making the decision.

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