Five IDF soldiers killed in Gaza, raising toll to 24 since start of ground op

A top Hamas commander who led the Sabra Tel al-Hawa Battalion was killed in an IDF strike; Golani troops fend off terrorist ambush.

By Israel Today Staff | | Topics: Gaza, Hamas
IDF troops operate in Gaza on November 2, 2023. Photo by IDF Spokesman
IDF troops operate in Gaza on November 2, 2023. Photo by IDF Spokesman

The Israel Defense Forces on Friday named five more soldiers killed in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, bringing the death toll in the week since the start of the ground operation to 24.

Those who fell in battle against Hamas terrorists in the northern Strip on Thursday are:

  • Cpt. Beni Wais, 22, a company commander in the 460th Armored Brigade’s 195th Battalion, from Haifa.
  • Master Sgt. (res.) Uriah Mash, 41, a reservist soldier in the 401st Armored Brigade’s 52nd Battalion, from Talmon.
  • Master Sgt. (res.) Yehonatan Yosef Brand, 28, a reservist soldier in the 401st Armored Brigade’s 52nd Battalion, from Jerusalem.
  • Sgt. Maj. (res.) Gil Pishitz, 39, a tank driver in the 401st Armored Brigade’s 9th Battalion, from Harish.
  • Staff Sgt. Itay Saadon, 21, tank commander with the 52 Battalion.

 

Commander of Hamas’s Sabra Tel al-Hawa Battalion killed

The IDF announced on Friday morning that fighter jets killed Mustafa Dalul, Commander of Hamas’s Sabra Tel al-Hawa Battalion. The military said he was responsible for “managing the combat against IDF troops in the Gaza Strip” since the start of the war, and in recent years held several positions in Hamas’s terror army in Gaza City.

Israeli forces have killed dozens of Hamas commanders and hundreds of terrorists in Gaza since Oct. 7, when Hamas massacred at least 1,400 people and wounded more 5,000 during an invasion of southern Israel. The terrorists took over 200 hostages back to the Strip.

 

IDF continues ground, naval and air strikes in Gaza Strip

Meanwhile, IDF fighter jets and artillery killed a number of terrorists operating against Israeli soldiers in Gaza on Thursday night. The warplanes also struck terrorist infrastructures.

The Israel Navy, with guidance from ground troops, struck a number of buildings from which shots were fired at soldiers. The naval forces also hit anti-tank missile launchers.

 

Fierce battle with Hamas terrorists

Soldiers from the Golani Brigade’s 13th Battalion engaged in intense clashes with terrorists in Gaza on Thursday night, the army said.

Terrorists fired anti-tank missiles and detonated several explosive devices at the troops, who fought a “lengthy battle with composure under heavy fire against the terrorists.” During the battle, terrorists attempted to climb onto IDF vehicles and were killed.

Aircraft and artillery, directed by the ground forces, assisted in eliminating terrorists until the fighting ended.

With reporting by JNS.