The IDF spokesman just sent us this clip:
13 soldiers of the crack Golani infantry brigade, of sacred and martyred memory, have been killed in Gaza in fighting earlier today. 7 of them were crew members of the same APC (armored personnel carrier) that was hit and detroyed by an advanced Syrian-produced anti-tank missile.
The IDF has released a timeline of the events early Sunday morning in which 13 soldiers from the Golani Brigade were killed in Gaza.
In the first incident, at 1:05 a.m., an armored personnel carrier caught fire after an explosive device was set off under it. Seven soldiers were killed.
At 1:30 a.m., a soldier was killed when two soldiers got into a firefight with terrorists.
At 5:45 a.m., another Golani force got into a firefight with terrorists. Two soldiers were killed.
At 8:50 a.m., three soldiers were killed when a Golani squad was caught inside a burning building.
As we said earlier, the fighting is more than fierce. Yet, we have no choice; the longer our showdown with Hamas, the worse it would be. People forget that our young children and grandchildren here in the south of Israel don't know what it is to live a missile-free life. We mourn the loss of every soldier, but the enemy has left us with no choice. What's more, the threat of the tunnels must be neutralized. May Hashem give our leaders and our soldiers the courage and conviction to continue, and Hashem deliver the enemy into their hands.
We see the tangible results of the IDF's valiant efforts, especially in Shujaiya, where the fiercest fighting has been (see map below). Every tunnel and mosque is a hideout for missiles. From here, as well as from Bet Lahia and Bet Hanoun, all the missiles at Ashdod have been fired.
Update, 8:50 PM - rocket attack on Ashdod, missiles intercepted, no damages. We owe Hashem and our dedicated soldiers our deepest gratitude. Let's dedicate our Torah learning, our prayers and our good deeds to their credit.
These tough times are the exact time to strengthen our emuna. Everything is from Hashem, and it's all for the best. We must never forget that. We'll have more a bit later, G-d willing.