Staff Sergeant Aschalwu Sama and Sergeant first class (res.) Or Brandes
Staff Sergeant Aschalwu Sama and Sergeant first class (res.) Or BrandesIDF Spokesperson's Unit

The IDF on Sunday morning cleared for publication the names of two soldiers who were killed in battle in Gaza and whose families have been notified:

Staff Sergeant Aschalwu Sama, 20, from Petah Tikva, an infantry soldier in the Nahal Brigade’s 932nd Battalion, died in the hospital of wounds sustained in battle in the northern Gaza Strip on November 14.

Sergeant first class (res.) Or Brandes, 25, from Shoham, a soldier in the 7th Armored Brigade’s 82nd Battalion, was killed on Saturday night in a battle in the central Gaza Strip.

The Shehab news agency, which is affiliated with Hamas, reported that the IDF conducted extensive strikes in northern Gaza overnight Saturday, from the air and with artillery from the ground.

The report also said the IDF attacked in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip.

On the diplomatic level, there is a slight chance of a cessation of hostilities that would enable the return of hostages. A diplomatic source said that Israel would be ready to stop the fighting for another day if Hamas released 10 more women as part of the previously agreed upon outline.

Hamas tried to add the names of dead bodies and living men to the list it sent to Israel at the end of last week, and Israel refused. Despite the stalling of the negotiations in Qatar, it still cannot be said that the plan has finally collapsed.The source said that if Hamas comes to its senses and agrees in the coming days to release 10 women - Israel will agree for another day of respite.

The head of the Mossad, David Barnea, ordered his team to return from Qatar following the impasse in the negotiations. Barnea thanked the head of the CIA, the Egyptian Minister of Intelligence and the Prime Minister of Qatar for their partnership in the mediation efforts, which resulted in the release of 84 Israelis in addition to 24 foreign citizens.