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 IDF soldiers Ruben Marc Mordechai Assouline, Ido Testa, Michael Ruzal, and Tal Shavit, who were killed in the Hamas rocket attack on the Kerem Shalom area. May 5, 2024

Four Soldiers Killed in Hamas Rocket Barrage Toward Kerem Shalom, Aid Crossing Closed

Four IDF soldiers were killed and at least three others were seriously wounded after Hamas fired ten rockets toward the Kerem Shalom area along the Israel-Gaza border on Sunday afternoon, May 5. The rockets were fired from only a couple hundred meters from the Rafah humanitarian crossing.

The four slain soldiers were identified as St.-Sgt. Ruben Marc Mordechai Assouline, 19, from Ra’anana; St.-Sgt. Ido Testa, 19, from Jerusalem; St.-Sgt. Tal Shavit, 21, from Kfar Giladi; and Sgt. Michael Ruzal, 18, from Rishon Lezion. Assouline and Testa served in the Shaked Battalion in the Givati Brigade. Shavit and Ruzal served in the 931st Battalion in the Nahal Brigade.

Soroka Medical Center stated that it received 10 people wounded in the attack, including three in serious condition, two in moderate condition, and five in light condition.

Shortly after the attack, the IDF closed the Kerem Shalom crossing located in the area, halting the entry of humanitarian aid trucks through the crossing which serves as the main entry point for aid.

The Eshkol Regional Council announced that one of the people wounded was a resident of the Eshkol Regional Council. Additionally, a home in Kibbutz Kerem Shalom was hit and damaged, according to the Eshkol Regional Council. No injuries were reported in the impact in Kibbutz Kerem Shalom.

Hamas took responsibility for the rocket fire, saying their Al-Qassam Brigades targeted the Kerem Shalom area with 114 mm short-range “Rajoum” rockets. (JPost / VFI News)

“Lord, we pray for the families of the soldiers who were killed in the attack, and we ask that You will embrace them, comfort them, and give them Your peace that surpasses human understanding. We also pray for the immediate and full recovery of all the wounded in Yeshua’s name. May You guide us and protect us from the enemy’s plans, and may You restore peace in our land according to Your Will in Heaven.”

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