June 15, 2024 | Flash Brief

Eight IDF Troops Killed by Hamas Attack in Rafah

June 15, 2024 | Flash Brief

Eight IDF Troops Killed by Hamas Attack in Rafah

Latest Developments​

Eight Israeli troops were killed on June 15 by a Hamas attack on their armored vehicle in the southern Gazan city of Rafah, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said.

Initial reports indicate the Combat Engineering Corps soldiers were part of an IDF convoy moving through Rafah’s Tel Sultan neighborhood before dawn when an explosion tore through their vehicle, setting off munitions stored aboard.

Hamas took credit for what was among Israel’s worst single-incident casualty tolls of the more than eight-month-old war against the Palestinian terrorist group.

Authorities initially published the identity of only one of the eight fatalities, an Israeli Druze captain. “The Druze community pays once again a very heavy price in this war. Capt. Waseem Mahmoud, may his memory be blessed, from Beit Jann, joins a long list of fallen Druze who sacrificed their lives for the security of the state since the outbreak of the war,” stated Sheikh Muafak Tarif, head of Israel’s Druze community.

Expert Analysis​

“A week after they were uplifted by the heroic rescue of four of their hostages, Israelis are again plunged into mourning. This incident is yet another reminder of the costs of an existential conflict. Israel has lost 660 troops during the October 7 invasion and the Gaza ground operation against Hamas. In proportional terms this would be like the U.S. losing 22,000 troops – more than three times the American personnel who died in post-9/11 wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. And those IDF losses have overwhelmingly been conscripts and reservists.” — Mark Dubowitz, FDD CEO

“Under extreme pressure from the Biden administration, Israel waited months to enter Rafah while sustaining rocket fire from Hamas’s last stronghold. Meanwhile, terrorists dug in amidst the civilian population in Rafah, fortifying their positions. Washington’s decision to restrain the IDF at a critical moment in the war hurt the IDF’s momentum and set back Israel’s war efforts, the devastating results of which can be witnessed on the battlefield today.”  — Enia Krivine, Senior Director of FDD’s Israel Program and National Security Network

Seventeen Countries Urge Hamas to Accept Ceasefire Proposal,” FDD Flash Brief

19,000 Rockets Launched at Israel Since Hamas’s October 7 Atrocities,” FDD Flash Brief

Hamas Leader Yahya Sinwar Depicts Palestinian Casualties As ‘Necessary Sacrifices’,” FDD Flash Brief

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