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Israel soldier killed in Gaza, losses at 33: army

An Israeli soldier carries a shell as he and his comrades prepare their Merkava tanks stationed at an army deployment along the border between Israel and Gaza July 25, 2014. (AFP Photo/Jack Guez)

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM: An Israeli soldier was killed in Gaza Friday, taking the army's losses in the 18-day operation against Hamas to 33, a statement said.

The army named the dead soldier as reservist Yair Ashkenazy, 36, adding that he "was killed earlier today during operational activity in the northern Gaza Strip."

The army said that 33 soldiers and officers have now been killed in Gaza since the launch of its offensive on July 8.

 

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