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Former IDF Chief of Staff's son killed in Gaza Strip

Former IDF Chief of Staff's son killed in Gaza Strip Former IDF Chief of Staff's son killed in Gaza Strip (Getty Images)
Author: Maria Kholina

The son of the former Chief of the General Staff of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and current government minister Gadi Eisenkot, Gal Eisenkot, was killed in the clashes with Hamas terrorists in the Gaza Strip. He was a reservist, according to The Times of Israel.

Gal Eisenkot served as a military paramedic in the 699th Battalion of the 551st Reserve Special Brigade.

The 25-year-old man was killed in a bomb explosion in one of the tunnels in the Jabalia refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip.

Minister Gadi Eisenkot, a former IDF chief of staff who is now a minister in the emergency government on behalf of Benny Gantz’s National Unity party and an observer on the high-level war cabinet leading the decision-making in the Gaza campaign, received the news of his son’s death while touring the IDF’s Southern Command earlier Thursday.

Condolences were expressed by a number of politicians and military officials, including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

War in Israel

On October 7, Hamas militants attacked Israel. During the attack, terrorists killed and kidnapped military personnel and civilians. Israel was regularly shelled from the Gaza Strip. In response, Tel Aviv initiated an operation against terrorists in the Gaza Strip.

On November 24, a temporary ceasefire began between Israel and Hamas. The parties agreed to a four-day cessation of hostilities, but decided to extend it for two more days with the condition that the militants would release more hostages.

On December 1, Israel resumed military operations in the Gaza Strip, stating that Hamas had violated the terms of the ceasefire.

Recently, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that Israeli forces had managed to surround the house of Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar in the southern Gaza Strip.