Israeli soldiers were preparing explosives to demolish two buildings in Gaza on Monday, when they were ambushed by a militant who hit them with a rocket-powered grenade, Israeli media reports.
The strike triggered a huge explosion, causing the buildings to collapse while the soldiers were still inside.
Both buildings were confirmed to have been full of mines that the Israeli troops planted themselves.
Three more IDF soldiers were announced dead yesterday, bringing the total number of soldiers killed to 24 in 24 hours.
This is believed to be the highest daily death toll for Israeli troops since the start of the Gaza ground offensive in late October.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to press ahead until Israel crushes the ruling Hamas militant group and wins the freedom of more than 100 hostages held captive in Gaza.
Israelis are increasingly divided on the question of whether it is possible to do either.
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Families of the hostages and many of their supporters have called for Israel to reach a ceasefire deal, saying time is running out to bring the hostages home alive.
On Monday, dozens of hostages’ relatives stormed a parliamentary committee meeting, demanding a deal to win their loved ones’ release.