Gal Eisenkot, son of Minister Gadi Eisenkot, a member of the War Cabinet and former IDF Chief of Staff, was killed in combat in the heart of the Gaza Strip on the 62nd day of the war. Gal was drafted into the commando brigade and arrived at the prestigious Magellan Brigade, where he completed his regular service and then continued to serve in the reserves in the 551st Brigade – the Fire Arrows Formation.
Eisenkot with his son,
Gal Eisenkot, 25, Gadi Eizenkot's youngest son, enlisted in Shayetet 13 and served as a medic in Magellan. He was drafted into the 699th Reserve under the 551st Brigade, and was subordinate to the 162nd Division. Gal was killed during searches in Jabaliya, apparently as a result of a booby-trapped shaft that exploded. He was evacuated in critical condition to Assuta Ashdod, and his death is immediately pronounced.
At the time of the incident, his father, Gadi Eisenkot, was on a visit to the 162nd Front, and heard about the incident in the war room. At first he did not know it was his son, and when it turned out that it was his son, the division chief of staff, informed him.
Abba Gadi, the IDF's 21st Chief of Staff from 2015-2019, was still serving in the position while his son was still serving in regular service, and a moving photo of the two was taken in November 2018 when the chief of staff surprised the commando brigade fighters with a special training that simulated a combat scenario against the Hamas and Hezbollah terrorist organizations."
With the beginning of the war in the Gaza Strip, the 551st Brigade took part in operational activity in the Gaza Strip and fought in large areas in the northern part of the Gaza Strip, in the Beit Hanoun area, Beit Lahia, in southern Gaza City and in the Jabaliya refugee camp.
Along with Gal, in a separate incident in the southern Gaza Strip, Maj. (res.) Yonatan David Deitsch, 34, from Harish, a soldier in the 6623rd Reconnaissance Battalion, the "Spearhead" Brigade (55), also fell in battle in the southern Gaza Strip.
In the many battles in which the Fire Arrows Brigade took part, Sgt. (res.) Avichai Amsalem, Capt. (res.) Yuval HaLivni, Maj. (res.) Eitan Menachem Ne'eman, Sgt. (res.) Eliyahu Binyamin Almakais, Sgt. (res.) Matan Meir, Maj. (res.) Moshe Yedidia Leiter, Maj. (res.) Yosef Haim (Yossi) Hershkovitz, Sergei Shmerkin and Sgt. (res.) Eli Eliyahu Cohen – their memory is a blessing
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