A total of 82 Israeli servicemen have died in fighting in the Gaza Strip since October 27 and the start of the Israeli offensive aimed at "annihilating Hamas," the IDF said Tuesday.
In the afternoon, the army's communications office told AFP that the number of soldiers killed so far in military operations in Gaza had reached 80, after five soldiers died on Monday. In the evening, the army announced in a statement that two more soldiers had fallen in combat in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday.
16,200 dead in Gaza since October 7, according to Hamas
After three weeks of intense bombardment, Israel launched a ground offensive in the Gaza Strip on 27 October, in response to the 7 October attack in southern Israel by the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, which killed 1,200 people, mostly civilians, according to the Israeli authorities.
Israeli shelling in Gaza has killed more than 16,200 people, mostly civilians, according to Hamas' Health Ministry. According to the Islamist movement, an IDF strike on a hospital in the southern Palestinian enclave town of Khan Younis killed 25 people on Tuesday.