Just two hours into a mutually agreed ‘humanitarian cease fire’ terrorists attacked IDF soldiers – using a tunnel which opened behind IDF lines – in the Rafah Area in the Gaza Strip. Two soldiers were reportedly killed in the attack and another, 2nd Lt. Hadar Goldin, 23, is reportedly missing and presumed abducted.
A ‘humanitarian cease fire’ took affect at 8:00am following a night of heave rocket fire. The IDF spokesperson confirmed that at around 9:30am IDF forces came under heavy fire in Rafah area, which included a suicide bombing. Two soldiers were killed in the attack and it quickly became apparent that one was missing.
An IDF spokesperson said that the forces were in the area dismantling a tunnel when they came under attack.
The incident came on the heels of a mortar attack Thursday evening, in which five Israeli soldiers were killed in the border region. The fatalities Thursday and Friday brought the IDF death toll up to 63 since the start of the operation.
The names of the five soldiers killed Thursday were announced as: Staff Sergeant Noam Rosenthal, 20, an Armored Corps combat medic; Captain Omri Tal, 22, an Armored Corps combat officer from Yehud; Staff Sergeant (Res.) Daniel Marash, 22, an Armored Corps combat medic from Rishon Lezion; Staff Sergeant Shay Kushnir, 20, an Armored Corps combatant from Kiryat Motzkin; and Cpt. Liran Adir (Edry), 31, of Azuz.
Since the start of the hostilities 63 IDF soldiers have been killed.