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IDF announces names of three soldiers killed in Gaza Strip

The Israeli army announced on Monday the names of three soldiers killed in the Gaza Strip, including two officers and a reservist.

The families of the soldiers have been notified.

The names of the soldiers

Lt. Cmdr. Yair Cohen, 30, from Ramat Gan, served in the 630th Battalion of the Southern Brigade and was killed in action in the southern Gaza Strip. He was promoted to lieutenant commander after his death. His funeral will take place on Tuesday at 3 p.m. at the Kiryat Shaul military cemetery.

Sgt.-Maj. Ziv Chen, 27, from Kfar Saba, was a reservist who served in the 630th Battalion of the Southern Brigade and was killed in action in the southern Gaza Strip. His funeral will take place on Tuesday at 12 p.m. at the Kfar Saba military cemetery.

Lt. Col. Netanel Yaacov Elkouby, 36, from Haifa, served in the 630th Battalion of the Southern Brigade and was killed in action in the southern Gaza Strip.

Elkouby leaves behind a wife and five children. His funeral will take place on Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the Haifa military cemetery. In 2019, he was captain (res.). He enlisted in 2006 in the Givati ​​Brigade where he held several positions until obtaining the position of sergeant.

Otzma Yehudit MP Yitzhak Kreuzer, who knew Elkouby, said: “I received with great sadness the news of the death of my dear friend Elkouby, who fell heroically in the fighting in the Gaza Strip to defend our homeland. to know a fierce man and a hero with a gentle soul. My head refuses to believe and my heart is broken. I salute you. Nati, rest in peace, ” Maariv he was quoted as saying.

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The three IDF soldiers were killed, as well as a dozen wounded, on Monday in Gaza, either by an improvised Hamas explosive or by an anti-tank missile attack.

The Hamas attacker either activated the explosive or fired the missile at the structure where the soldiers were at the time.

Although the Israeli military announced the deaths Monday evening, the names were not released until Tuesday morning.

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