While Hamas was making big noises minutes before the cease fire went into play, by launching rockets at Tel Aviv, the IDF used the period before the cease fire to eliminate a Hamas terrorist in a terror tunnel located in northern Gaza, according to a Ynet report.
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When Lt. Eitan realized that Lt. Hadar Goldin was kidnapped and pulled into a Hamas terror tunnel in Rafah during the cease fire, he grabbed his soldiers and jumped into the tunnels to chase after them and try to save Lt. Hadar Goldin.
The chase led them into a maze of tunnels 20 meters underground. It was there that they found the personal effects of Lt. Goldin from which the IDF was able to determine that Goldin had not survived the attack. He and his soldiers, with no radio contact with above, searched hundreds of meters of the tunnel maze for Goldin.
Lt. Eitan (24) serves as Deputy Commander of a Pulsar Givati reconnaissance unit.
He grew up in Jerusalem and is a graduate of Yeshivat Horev. His parents, Simcha and Susan, are Olim from New York (1985).
His commanding officers have recommended that he receive a medal for his bravery and actions.
The IDF has begun to partially withdraw troops from parts of the Gaza Strip. Having completed their specific missions, the forces are coming out of completed areas. The IDF is still continuing to complete its mission to destroy the terror tunnels. The IDF estimates it will complete the mission within the next day.
Over the past 24 hours, the IDF struck 153 terror targets in the Gaza Strip, including tunnels, weapon manufacturing and storage facilities, and command and control centers. Among the targets was a Hamas military wing facility that was used for research and development of weapon manufacturing located within the Islamic University.
Hamas was reportedly researching chemical weapons options.
In addition, weapon caches and Hamas command and training facilities concealed within five mosques were targeted.
PM Netanyahu said last night at a press conference that the IDF will continue its military campaign against Hamas in the Gaza Strip for as long as needed and with as much force as necessary. “From the beginning, we promised to return the quiet to Israel’s citizens and we will continue to act until that aim is achieved. We will take as much time as necessary, and will exert as much force as needed,” Netanyahu said. He further stressed that the IDF’s redeployment did not indicate an end to Operation Protective Edge and that the IDF would continue to operate “only on the basis of security considerations.” “I can’t tell you how it’s going to develop,” he said. “We are keeping all options for action open.” Last night a special committee led by the IDF Chief Rabbi announced the death of Lt. Hadar Goldin, 23, an infantry officer in the Givati Brigade who was killed in battle in the Gaza Strip on Friday. Medical, religious and other relevant factors were considered before making the official announcement. Lt. Goldin’s family was notified by Head of the IDF Personnel Directorate Maj. Gen. Orna Barbivai and Chief Military Rabbi Brig. Gen. Rafi Peretz. Minister of Defense Ya’alon visited the family as well. “Prior to the decision, all medical considerations, religious observances, as well as additional relevant issues were taken into consideration,” the IDF statement reads. As Goldin’s group was attacked, two other soldiers, Benaya Sarel and Liel Gidoni, were killed.
At the announcement, many of the hundreds rallying outside the Goldin home in a show of support for the family burst into tears on hearing the news.
Over the past 24 hours 86 rockets were fired at Israel, 58 rockets hit Israel and 6 were intercepted by the Iron Dome system.
Hamas has fired 3,127 rockets towards Israel since the beginning of Operation ‘Protective Edge’.
The funeral for fallen IDF officer, Lt. Hadar Goldin will be in the Kfar Sava Military cemetery at 5:30pm, Sunday.
The family has requested that the Nation of Israel come to the funeral to honor Hadar.
May his memory be a blessing and may his death be avenged by G-d and the IDF.
Click for Google Map directions to the cemetery.
2:37am Ten thousand Israelis are accompanying the funeral procession for Major Benaya Sarel who was killed in combat on Friday in Gaza (Rafiach).
Major Sarel was the commander of the elite Sayeret Givati unit.
The procession started from his home in Kiryat Arba and is going to Ma’arat HaMachpela (Tomb of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs of the Jewish people) in Hevron, ending at the old Jewish cemetery in Hevron.
Mahjor Sarel was supposed to get married on August 21st.
May his memory be a blessing.