Col. Rasan Alian, commander of the Golani Brigade, was wounded while fighting Hamas in Gaza. On July 22, he returned to his troops after recovering in Israel.
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Nissim Sean Carmeli (21) HY”D, a lone soldiers killed in Gaza, in Operation Protective Edge on July 20th, was laid to rest on Monday night at 11pm, in the military cemetery in Neve David, Haifa.
Sean was one of the two lone soldiers from the US, who were killed in the July 20th battle in Shejaiya, Gaza. 13 IDF soldier were killed in that fight.
Sean’s parents are Israeli, but moved to Texas, where Sean grew up. Sean decided to come to Israel for High School, and stayed on, eventually joining the Golani unit where he served with distinction and honor.
There was concern, as Carmeli was a lone soldier, that not many people would show up for his funeral. WhatsApp messages went out, informing people as to the time and place of the funeral.
More than 20,000 people showed up to escort slain IDF Golani soldier, Sean Carmeli, to his final resting place.
Thirteen IDF soldiers were killed yesterday in heavy urban fighting in the Sajaiya neighborhood of Gaza.
The soldiers were all from the Golani unit. HY”D.
The families have been notified, but the names have not yet been released to the public.
For the past two days, the IDF has been telling civilians in Sajaiya, a Hamas stronghold, to evacuate for their own safety.
Hamas deeply embedded themselves in the Sajaiya civilian population center and was using the neighborhood for rocket attacks against Israel, and the civilian population as human shields.
10 terror tunnels were found in Sajaiya.
Throughout the day, Hamas has been milking the Sajaiya story claiming it was a massacre by the IDF against the civilian population.
The IDF was not able to release any information until, among other things, all the families of the killed soldiers were informed.
18 soldiers have been killed so far in Gaza since the ground operation began.
10:00am Golani Brigade Commander (highest ranking officer in the field) was lightly wounded in Gaza fighting.
Colonel Ghassan Alian became Israel’s first Druze brigade commander forthe Golani unit in 2013.
He is expected to make a full recovery.
IDF combat troops stationed at the Gaza border prevented a terrorist attack on a Jewish community Monday night and wounded at least one of two terrorists, who escaped back into the Beit Hanoun area in northern Gaza.
Area residents were ordered to remain in their homes until the army was certain that the danger had passed.
Arabs in Gaza reported that Israeli Air Force aircraft were hovering over the areas immediately after the incident, one of the most serious in recent months.
Golani soldiers at a lookout post reported to their commanders they had spotted two armed terrorists trying to approach the security fence. The soldiers opened fire, hitting both men. Their condition is not known.
The cell apparently was trying to carry out a terrorist attack on nearby Jewish communities, either Zikim or Nativ Ha’Ashara.
The attempt to infiltrate and carry out a terrorist attack follows by nearly two weeks another effort to cross the fence.
Terrorists also exploded a bomb at an army bulldozer in the area approximately a month ago near Kibbutz Nahal Oz. No one was injured in the attack.
Ynet reports that an IDF patrol jeep was hit by Syrian gunfire. The incident happened at 8:30 pm on Monday, when the Golani jeep, on routine patrol along the border came under fire.
It is believed the shooting were caused by stray bullets from the fighting between the Syrian factions.
No IDF soldiers were hurt in the attack.
The Golani infantry brigade is the number one choice of new recruits to the IDF, according to figures released by the army on Sunday.
Golani, one of Israel’s most decorated infantry units, produced two of Israel’s IDF Chiefs of Staff – Motta Gur and Gabi Ashkenazi.
Givati, an infantry unit serving around the Gaza region came in second place. In 2008, Hamas fired its Gaza City Brigade commander after a battle with Givati in Operation Cast Lead.
More young Israeli draftees are also requesting to serve in the IDF Air Defense Command and the Border Police.
Cyber defense and other computer-related service is also in higher demand.
According to the figures, more religious soldiers are serving in the urban warfare and counter-terrorism unit of Judea and Samaria, the Kfir Brigade and in the tank-driving Armored Corps, with the highest concentration of Ethiopians serving in Givati.