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Monday, July 21, 2014

IDF clears five soldiers' names for release

The IDF has cleared the names of five of the 13 soldiers who were killed yesterday for release.
The military cleared for publication the names of: Maj. Tzafrir Bar-Or, 32, from Holon; Capt. Tzvika Kaplan, 28, from Kdomim; Sgt. Gilad Ya'akovi, 21, from Kiryat Ono; Sgt. Oz Mandelovich, from Avtalion; and Sgt. Sean Carmeli, 21, from Ra'anana.
May God Avenge their blood.

Carmeli is a lone soldier  - a soldier whose family lives abroad - from South Padre Island, Texas, and is one of two dual American-Israeli citizens who was killed yesterday. The picture above is the profile picture from his Facebook page.

As to how the 13 were killed, the IDF is not releasing a whole lot of details.
In one incident, in the early hours of Sunday morning, an APC carrying soldiers from Golani's 13th Battalion drove over an explosive device and caught fire, killing seven who were onboard.
Shortly afterward, soldiers from the battalion engaged terrorists in a gun battle, and one soldier was killed in the exchange of fire.
Hours later, two soldiers were killed in a firefight with a terrorist cell in Gaza.
Three members of the Golani Reconnaissance Brigade were killed when a fire tore through the building they were in, shortly before 9 a.m.
A few more details may be found here

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