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Israeli soldiers seen in Kibbutz Be'eri, near the Israeli-Gaza border, in southern Israel, October 11, 2023.

The Israel Defense Force’s canine unit, Oketz, was credited with helping rescue 200 Israelis while killing 10 Hamas terrorists in Kibbutz Be’eri.

But a separate encounter on Kibbutz Kfar Aza had a more tragic outcome.

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A dog named Nauru sent to locate terrorists and weapons, attacked several terrorists, revealing their position.

IDF soldiers killed the terrorists, but during the hours of fighting, Nauru was killed. The soldiers retrieved Nauru’s body for burial.

The commander of the Oketz unit told his soldiers, “The next step is to enter the Gaza Strip. The mission is to kill all the terrorists who will be in front of us in the field. We are true, we are strong, we are united, and we are going to win.”

Oketz, which means “sting” in Hebrew, trains each of its dogs in a specific specialty — attack, search and rescue, detecting explosives, and locating weapons.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.