April 20, 2024

Violence escalates in Gaza as IDF commander killed

Steinberg, 42 was en route to the site of clashes being managed by his subordinates when he encountered a terrorist who killed him.

Col. Jonathan Steinberg, the commander of the Nahal Brigade, in an undated photo (Israel Defense Forces).

Col. Jonathan Steinberg, the commander of the Nahal Brigade, in an undated photo (Image: Israel Defense Forces).

The commander of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) Nahal Brigade Col. Jonathan Steinberg was killed in clashes with Hamas on the Gaza border on Wednesday.

According to the IDF, Steinberg, 42 was en route to the site of clashes being managed by his subordinates when he encountered a terrorist who killed him. He was the highest-ranking official confirmed dead in the fighting as of Saturday night, and one of the highest-ranking officers to have been killed in action in recent years.

This war took an ugly turn Hamas took Israeli civilians hostage. According to reports from local media in the middle east at least 52 Israelis had been captured. Some of those captured appeared to have been killed. Hamas has also been firing thousands of rockets into Israel killing at least 250 people and injuring over 1,500.

The clashes between the IDF and Hamas come at a time of heightened tensions in the region. There have been a series of rocket attacks from Gaza into Israel, and the IDF has responded with airstrikes.

The Gaza Strip health ministry reported on Saturday afternoon that 232 Palestinians had been killed and 1,697 wounded. Most of the casualties appear to have been caused by Israeli retaliatory strikes in the Gaza Strip.

The violence has raised concerns of a full-scale conflict between Israel and Hamas. The two sides have fought three wars since 2008.

The death of Colonel Cohen is a reminder of the high cost of the conflict between Israel and Hamas. It is also a reminder of the importance of finding a peaceful resolution to the conflict. Israel’s mobilization for war has led to a massive deployment of reserve troops, which has depleted the teaching and administrative staff of schools around the country.

Meanwhile, the United States has provided weapons to Israel following its war with Hamas, a group designated as a terrorist organization by the West.

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