24 Israeli soldiers killed in worst ever one-day loss
JERUSALEM: (Reuters) Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed on Tuesday that Israel would not stop fighting in Gaza until “absolute victory” after it sustained its highest single-day death toll in the Palestinian enclave.
Twenty-four soldiers were killed on Monday as intense fighting raged in the southern and central Gaza Strip, where Israel has been attacking remaining strongholds of Gaza’s Islamist rulers, Hamas, and trying to clear areas near the border.
It was in one of those border areas that 21 of the soldiers died when there was an explosion in a building and it collapsed.
Netanyahu said Israel had experienced one of its most difficult days of the war. “In the name of our heroes, for the sake of our lives, we will not stop fighting until absolute victory,” he said.
Defence Minister Yoav Gallant said his heart was with the families of those killed on “this difficult and painful morning”, but that Israel would not back down.
“This war will determine the future of Israel for decades to come – the fall of soldiers is needed to achieve the goals of the war,” he said.
The military said the incident appeared to have started when a rocket-propelled grenade was fired …