JERUSALEM (JTA) – Two Israeli soldiers were killed in overnight fighting in Gaza and a foreign worker was killed when a mortar fired from Gaza stuck a hot house in Ashkelon.
1st Lt. Nathan Cohen, 23, of Modi’in was killed Tuesday night “in combat,” the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said in a statement. Cpt. Dmitri Levitas, 26, from Jerusalem, was killed Tuesday night by sniper fire, according to the IDF.
The deaths bring the number of IDF soldiers killed since the start of Operation Protective Edge on July 8 to 29, with one declared missing, though reportedly believed to be dead.
Meanwhile, on Wednesday, a migrant worker from Thailand was killed when a mortar shell fired from Gaza struck the hot house he was working in near Ashkelon. He died of his injuries after being flown by helicopter to Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon.
The agricultural worker is the third civilian to be killed by Gaza fire-power since the start of the operation.