11 Funerals for IDF Commanders, Soldiers Held as Israel Mourns

Stand for Israel  |  June 17, 2024

Israeli soldier captain Wassem Mahmoud’s funeral service on June 16, 2024, after losing his life in the ground operation in Gaza. (Photo: David Cohen/Flash90)

We are heartbroken to hear that this weekend proved to be deadly for the brave IDF troops fighting in Gaza—troops fighting to protect the values of life and freedom. After multiple war incidents this past weekend, 11 IDF soldiers lost their lives defending Israel, reports The Times of Israel:

Eleven funerals were held across Israel on Sunday for Israel Defense Forces troops who died over the weekend in three separate incidents in fighting in the Gaza Strip.

Most of the fallen soldiers laid to rest on Sunday were killed in a blast in southern Gaza’s Rafah on Saturday morning, in what marked the deadliest incident for the IDF in the Strip since January. The troops all served in the Combat Engineering Corps’ 601st Battalion. Seven of their funerals were held Sunday, and the eighth will be held on Monday.

Separately, two reservists were killed Saturday fighting in northern Gaza, while another soldier succumbed to his wounds sustained in battle five days earlier, and a soldier was also killed in Rafah on Sunday.

As Israel mourns these devastating losses, we pray that their memories be a blessing. Please pray that God may watch over these brave heroes who are risking their lives each day to protect their nation and homeland.