JERUSALEM (JTA) – Three Israeli soldiers were killed in a Gaza house rigged with explosives.
Seven soldiers also were wounded in Wednesday’s explosion, which caused the house to cave in.
The dead soldiers, from the Paratroopers Unit, were identified as Lt. Paz Elyahu, 22, of Evron, and Staff Sgts. Li Mat, 19, of Eilat, and Shahar Dauber, 20, of Ginegar. They had entered the rigged home.
Thirty-two soldiers have been killed since the start of Israel’s Operation Protective Edge in Gaza on July 8. One soldier is confirmed missing and widely presumed to be dead.
Also Wednesday, Israeli troops in Gaza uncovered a shaft of a tunnel dug from Gaza to the Israeli border that was stocked with weapons, maps and Israeli army uniforms, apparently indicating a plan to infiltrate Israel and commit a major attack.