Eight Israeli soldiers killed inside Gaza – as Palestinian death toll ‘tops 37,000’

Eight Israeli soldiers have been killed inside Gaza, the Israeli military has confirmed.

The military personnel were killed in a blast in the southern city of Rafah on Saturday morning, according to the Israeli military.

It comes amid Israel’s ongoing offensive there and its operation to rescue the remaining hostages taken by Hamas militants on 7 October.

Saturday’s is the deadliest incident for Israeli soldiers since January when 21 were killed when two buildings collapsed in central Gaza.

The eight dead are believed to have been driving in a convoy following an overnight offensive against Hamas, according to the Times of Israel, and died inside an armoured vehicle.

One has been named as Captain Wassem Mahmoud, 23, of the Combat Engineering Corps’ 601st Batallion. The families of the other seven have been informed and will be named in due course.

More than 37,000 Palestinians have been killed since the start of the conflict, according to the Hamas-run health authorities in Gaza.

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