Since the beginning of the ground operation in Gaza, 9 IDF soldiers have been killed.
Jan 4, 2009 – Staff Sgt Dvir Emanuelof, 22, of Giv’at Ze’ev, was killed when a mortar shell landed in proximity to his patrol near Jebaliya in the northern Gaza Strip;19 other soldiers were wounded.
Jan 5, 2009 – Three IDF soldiers of the Golani Brigade were killed when a tank accidentally fired a live round at an abandoned building in Jabalya, in which Golani forces were taking cover:
– Maj. Dagan Wartman, 32, of Ma’ale Michmash, a medical officer
– Staff Sgt. Nitai Stern, 21, of Jerusalem
– Cpl. Yousef Muadi, 19, of Haifa
Jan 6, 2009 – IDF Paratroop officer, Capt. Yehonatan Netanel, 27, of Kedumim was killed in north Gaza during the early hours of Tuesday morning by an errant IDF tank shell.
Jan 6, 2009 – Staff Sgt. Alexander Mashvitzky, 21, of Beersheba, from an elite Combat Engineering unit, was killed while on an IDF patrol in northern Gaza City, when a terrorist cell opened fire.
Jan 8, 2009 – Maj. Roi Rosner, 27, of Holon, a company commander from the Kfir infantry brigade was killed during a fire-fight in the central Gaza Strip, when terrorists fired an anti-tank missile at his unit.
Jan 8, 2009 – Sgt Amit Robinson, 20, of Kibbutz Magal, of the Armored Corps, was killed by Palestinian sniper fire in the northern Gaza Strip
Jan 8, 2009 – Capt. Omer Rabinovitch, 23 of Arad, a Golani commander was killed during exchanges of fire in the northern Gaza Strip.