Two IDF Reservists Killed, 3 Seriously Hurt in Gaza

Stand for Israel  |  June 21, 2024

Family and friends of Israeli soldier Sgt Elyahu Moshe Zimbalist attend his funeral at the Mount Herzl Military Cemetery in Jerusalem on June 16, 2024.
(Photo: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

The ongoing war against Hamas is taking its toll on the brave men and women of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). Two reservists were killed in battle on Thursday after a Hamas mortar attack in central Gaza, reports The Times of Israel:

Two IDF reservists — the son of a judo star and the son of a news pundit — were killed in a Hamas mortar attack in the central Gaza Strip on Thursday, the military announced Friday morning.

The soldiers were named as Sgt. First Class (res.) Omer Smadga, 25, from Genot Hadar, and Sgt. First Class (res.) Saadia Yaakov Derai, 27, from Tel Aviv.

Both served in the Alexandroni Brigade’s 9203rd Battalion.