Two IDF soldiers were killed fighting in northern Gaza on Tuesday, as the army announced a major operation in Jabaliya in which a top Hamas commander and dozens of Hamas operatives were killed.
The operation involved airstrikes and ground forces in a compound that the IDF said was used by Hamas’s Central Jabaliya Battalion. Several buildings in the compound collapsed during the conflict; the IDF said they were brought down when Hamas terror tunnels beneath them collapsed.
Some 50 Hamas fighters were killed during ground operations on Tuesday, according to the IDF.
The two soldiers were named Tuesday as Staff Sgt. Roei Wolf, 20, from Ramat Gan, and Staff Sgt. Lavi Lipshitz, 20, from Modiin, who both served in the Givati Infantry Brigade’s reconnaissance unit.
IDF Spokesman Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari said Tuesday evening that the two soldiers died “bravely in battle” as troops worked to capture a Hamas stronghold in Jabaliya.