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IDF sergeant Ben Avishay, of Nahariya, killed in Gaza

Since the start of the ground invasion on Oct. 27, 280 Israeli soldiers have been killed in Gaza.

Ben Avishay
Sgt. Ben Avishay, who was killed in Gaza on May 17, 2024. Credit: IDF.

The Israel Defense Forces named Sgt. Ben Avishay, 20, as a soldier who was killed in the northern Gaza Strip on Friday.

From Nahariya in northern Israel, he was part of a paratrooper brigade, according to the IDF.

His death brings the death toll of soldiers, who have been killed in battle since the start of the ground invasion on Oct. 27 to 280 and to 628 on all fronts since the start of the war on Oct. 7.

On Wednesday, five Israeli soldiers were killed by friendly fire in Jabalia in northern Gaza.

A platoon commander and four soldiers from Battalion 202 of the Paratroopers Brigade died and eight additional soldiers were wounded by IDF tank fire, three seriously. The rest of the wounded soldiers were evacuated to the hospital in moderate and light condition.

Also Wednesday, a civilian contractor working for the Israeli Defense Ministry succumbed to his wounds after being critically wounded in a mortar attack earlier this week in the southern Gaza Strip.

Liron Yitzhak, 30, from Petach Tikvah in central Israel, was pronounced dead after being critically wounded on Monday, announced the Rabin Medical Center’s Beilinson Hospital.

A day earlier, Hezbollah terrorists fired an anti-tank missile that killed an Israeli civilian and wounded five soldiers in the northern community of Adamit, according to the IDF.

The military said one soldier was moderately wounded and four others were lightly hurt in the attack.

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