Tributes have been paid to two soldiers, who were killed during fighting in Gaza’s Khan Younis, on Sunday.
The Israel Defense Forces announced the deaths on Monday. The deaths of the two soldiers brings the death toll of those fighting Hamas in Gaza to 229.
The soldiers were named as Sgt. First Class Adi Eldor, 21, of the Commando Brigade’s Maglan unit, from Haifa. And Sgt. First Class (res.) Alon Kleinman, 21, of the Commando Brigade’s Maglan unit, from Tel Aviv.
Eldor, from Haifa, was the son of Dr. Liron Eldor, a senior plastic and reconstructive surgeon at Rambam.
Rambam’s director-general Prof. Michael Halbertal said: “The horrible news of Adi’s falling is heartbreaking.”
Eldor was also the grandson of gynecologist Prof. Yosef Itzkowitz-Eldor of Rambam and the Technion, who was a pioneer in the fields of fertility medicine and stem cell research in Israel.
Wolfson Medical Center paid tribute to Kleinman, who was the son of the head of the hospital’s ophthalmology department.
The hospital said in a statement: “Alon, may his memory be a blessing, was killed while fighting valiantly in heavy battles in Khan Younis to defend the State of Israel and its inhabitants.
“The entire Wolfson community mourns together with Prof. Kleinman and extends condolences to the whole family.”