Israel announced that seven soldiers died when the armored vehicle carrying them was hit by a Hamas-guided missile in the Gaza Strip.
The Israeli Ministry of Defense today announced that the armed group Hamas launched an anti-tank guided missile at an armored vehicle of the Givati Infantry Brigade operating in the northern Gaza Strip, killing 7 soldiers and wounding 4.
This is the heaviest casualty in a day for the Israeli army since the country sent infantry to attack the Gaza Strip in response to Hamas. It is unclear what type of missile Hamas used to destroy Israeli armored vehicles.
Givati is one of Israel’s five main infantry brigades, with the main equipment being the Namer heavy armored personnel carrier. Namer’s design prioritizes soldier protection and promotes quick repair, using modular armor blocks that are easy to remove and replace and V-shaped belly armor to limit damage from mines.
The vehicle is fitted with a secret complex armor consisting of many layers of ceramic and steel-nickel alloy combined with explosive reactive armor on the outside. The armor blocks have a large tilt, increasing the ability to deflect enemy armor-piercing or explosive bullets.
The Israeli Ministry of Defense once declared Namer to be “the most solid and well-protected armored vehicle in the world,” emphasizing that its capabilities have been proven through many campaigns over the years.
Damage to the Israeli armored force increased when two officers from the 7th Armored Brigade were also killed when their tank ran over a mine, and the remaining two people in the crew were also seriously injured.
The 7th Brigade is the oldest armored brigade of the Israeli army, possessing three battalions of modern Merkava Mark 4M main tanks. This version is equipped with multiple layers of armor and the Trophy active defense system, making it known as the best-protected tank in the world today.
Israel recently launched ground attacks against the Gaza Strip to search for hostages and deal with Hamas forces in underground bunkers.
The campaign has been stepped up since October 27, when the Israeli army increased air strikes and sent soldiers and tanks into the Gaza Strip, focusing on targeting infrastructure, including Hamas’s tunnel network. However, the Israeli Ministry of Defense said that this was not the full-scale ground campaign they planned.
Abu Obeida, spokesman for al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, warned on October 31 that the Gaza Strip would become a “graveyard” for the Israeli army.