The Israeli military says more than a hundred soldiers have been killed since the beginning of the regime’s ground offensive in the Gaza Strip, more than two months after Israel waged a war on the besieged territory.
The army announced in a statement on Monday the deaths of four soldiers, noting that three of them were killed during fighting in the southern Gaza Strip on Sunday.
The statement added that the latest fatalities brought the toll of slain Israeli troops in the ground offensive against fighters from the Palestinian Hamas resistance movement to 104.
The figure comes a day after the Israeli army said 425 soldiers were killed since the start of the Gaza conflict in early October.
According to the military release, 1,593 other troops were also injured, including 559 soldiers who were wounded in the Gaza ground invasion.
Israeli daily newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth also reported on Saturday that more than 5,000 soldiers had been injured in Gaza since the latest conflict began, with more than 2,000 officially recognized by the regime’s ministry of military affairs as disabled.
Meanwhile, the Hebrew-language Haaretz newspaper has examined the data released by the hospitals, where wounded Israeli soldiers have been treated, and found an “unexplained gap between the data reported by the military and that from the hospitals.”
The hospitals’ data shows the number of wounded soldiers to be twice as high as the army’s numbers, and the paper reported that is likely an undercount.
Israel waged the devastating war on Gaza on October 7 after the territory’s Palestinian resistance movements carried out a surprise retaliatory attack, dubbed Operation Al-Aqsa Storm, against the occupying entity over its intensified violence against Palestinians.
The Israeli aggression has so far killed at least 17,997 Palestinians, most of them women and children, and wounded 49,229 others.
The Tel Aviv regime has imposed a “complete siege” on the territory, cutting off fuel, electricity, food and water to the more than two million Palestinians living there.