Five soldiers were killed when Hamas terrorists breached the border from Gaza near Kibbutz Nahal Oz on Monday, it has been cleared for publication.
A sixth soldier prevented the abduction of a body of one of the soldiers who was killed. He reportedly opened fire on the terrorists from the guard position he was in, when he saw them trying to drag a body toward the tunnel they emerged from. One of the terrorists was killed and the rest threw down their weapons and fled back into Gaza through the tunnel, according to Channel 2.
The IDF was reportedly aware of the tunnel's existence and it is thus not clear how the terrorists managed to use it. One possibility is that the terrorist squad had been ensconced in a hidden room inside the tunnel network and emerged to carry out the attack.
The IDF Spokesperson has released the names and funeral times of four of the five soldiers.
Sergeant Daniel Kedmi, 18, from Tzofim. His funeral will be held on Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. at the Kiryat Shaul military cemetery.
Sergeant Barkay Ishai Shor, 21, from Jerusalem. He will be laid to rest on Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. at the military cemetery on Mount Herzl.
Sergeant Sagi Erez, 19, from Kiryat Ata. His funeral will be held on Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. at the military cemetery in Haifa.
Sergeant Dor Dery, 18, from Jerusalem. He will be laid to rest Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. at the military cemetery on Mount Herzl.
Sergeant Nadav Raymond, 19, from Shdemot Devorah. He will be laid to rest Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. in Shdemot Devorah.
Hamas has admitted that it was trying to kidnap an IDF soldier in the incident.
According to the group, the conditions on the ground did not allow for the plan to go through. One of the terrorists was killed and the rest fled back to Gaza.
The deaths of the five soldiers brings the total number of soldiers killed on Monday to 10.
Four of the soldiers were killed by a mortar that struck a group of soldiers near the Gaza border. Six other soldiers were seriously wounded by the mortar shell.
A fifth soldier, First Sgt. Moshe Doino, 20, of Jerusalem, was killed in the course of fighting inside Gaza in the early afternoon.
53 IDF officers and soldiers have been killed since the start of Operation Protective Edge in Gaza.