9 soldiers killed in s. Lebanon Sunday

IDF shoots down drone, destroys bomb-laden truck; 4 soldiers seriously wounded.

IDF troops lebanon 29888 (photo credit: AP [file])
IDF troops lebanon 29888
(photo credit: AP [file])
The IDF released for publication on Monday night the name of another IDF soldier killed in fighting on Sunday in southern Lebanon. St.-Sgt. David Amar, 24, of Kiryat Shmona, was killed when a missile hit an IDF vehicle operating in the village of Kantara in south Lebanon. The time and place of Amar's funeral has yet to be announced. In all, four IDF reserve soldiers were killed in battle late Sunday, raising the total number of army fatalities on Sunday to nine, details released for publication on Monday morning revealed. The other three were identified as First Sgt.-Maj. Amitai Yaron, 44, from Zichron Ya'akov, St.-Sgt. Peter Ohatosky, 23, from Lod, and St.-Sgt. Yevgeny Timofeyev, 20, from Rishon Lezion. The three were killed after an anti-tank rocket was fired at their infantry unit operating near the village of Kantara in the eastern sector of southern Lebanon. Another soldier sustained moderate wounds and nine were lightly injured in the attack. The funerals for five of the soldiers killed in earlier Sunday's clashes were announced on Monday afternoon. Lt. (Res.) Eliel Ben Yehuda, 24, from Kfar Tavor, will be buried at 5:30 p.m. on Monday in the military section of the Kfar Tavor cemetery. The funeral of Sgt.-Maj. (Res.) Guy Hasson, 24, from Noami, will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Monday at the Mt. Herzl military cemetery in Jerusalem. Lt. (Res.) Tzur Zarahi, 26, from Nahalal, will be laid to rest at 6:00 p.m. on Monday at the military section of the moshav cemetery. Sgt.-Maj. (Res.) Yaniv Shainbrum, 24, from Mei Ami, will be buried at 7:30 p.m. on Monday evening at the Mei Ami cemetery. St.-Sgt. Yevgeny Timofeyev, 20, from Rishon Lezion will be laid to rest Monday night at 7:30 p.m. in his hometown. Also to be buried on Monday is Sgt. Ron Lev, 20, from kibbutz Ma'ayan Baruch, killed in clashes on Saturday, his funeral will be at 5:00 p.m., at the kibbutz cemetery. In the central Lebanese village of Abu-Tawil, one officer and three reservists were killed when Hizbullah guerillas fired anti-tank missiles into their infantry force. Another three soldiers were seriously wounded. Further south, in the village of Tel-Nahes, an officer was killed and another seriously wounded when an anti-tank missile scored a direct hit on their tank. Later in the day, a number of soldiers were wounded when a Katyusha landed in an Israeli village near Kiryat Shmona. Another 31 soldiers were lightly wounded throughout the day. The IDF shot down a Hizbullah UAV that had crossed into Israeli airspace on Sunday night. Another unmanned aerial vehicle fell out of the sky on Sunday night and crashed near Tyre, due to a mechanical failure. The IAF also destroyed five long-range rocket launchers in Lebanon on Sunday afternoon. Its remnants were found on Monday morning in the Galilee. Sappers were examining the remnants out of concern they were rigged with explosives. In addition, an IDF reserve force spotted a truck in Al-Hiyam making its way toward Israel from southern Lebanon's eastern sector, near Metulla, late Sunday night. The troops destroyed the suspicious vehicle about five kilometers from the border. An IDF officer said that the truck was filled with hundreds of kilograms of explosives. The officer suspected that the truck was intended to blow up among troops stationed along the border. Army forces continued to push north towards the Litani River, ahead of the expected cease-fire at 7:00 a.m. on Monday. Fourteen soldiers were wounded in Randumia, three kilometers south of the Litani; none of the injuries were life-threatening. As of Sunday, over 160 soldiers were still being hospitalized; 26 of them were listed in serious condition. Meanwhile, the names of 24 the soldiers killed on Saturday have been released for publication. Click here to read the list of the fallen and their personal stories Among the dead was a female soldier, St.-Sgt. (res.) Keren Tendler, 26, from Rehovot, who served as a mechanic on board the IAF helicopter that was shot down by a Hizbullah missile. Keren is the first woman to die in combat during the war. Though Israeli women serve two years of mandatory military service, female soldiers on the front lines are unusual and women combat deaths are extremely rare. The army could not immediately confirm whether Tendler, a technician, was the first woman killed in combat since the 1948 Independence War. The IDF said that at least 50 Hizbullah gunmen were killed. Later on Sunday, at least 20 huge explosions rattled Beirut over a two minute period; television reports said the attack was carried out by IAF warplanes. Initial reports had said Israeli warships anchored off the Lebanese coast were firing artillery into south Beirut. The attack hit the Dahiyeh suburb, a Hizbullah stronghold that has been pounded repeatedly by Israeli warplanes and ships. AP contributed to this report