13 May 2004
Wednesday, May 12, an armored personnel carrier on a mission to seek and destroy Palestinian arms smuggling tunnels on the Egyptian-Gazan-Israeli border was blown up. A bomb or anti-tank rocket detonated the ton of explosives carried on the vehicle, killing five men.
1st Lieutenant Avi Hakani, 23, from Ashdod
Sgt. Lior Vishinski, 20, from Ramat Gan
Sgt. Zaur Smeilev, 20, from Ofakim
Sgt.-Major Aiman Gadir, 24, from Bir Makhsur
Corp. Elad Cohen, 20, from Jerusalem
Tuesday, May 11, six members of the Givati Engineering Platoon were killed on a mission to destroy Palestinian missile and weapons workshops in Gaza Citys Zeitun district. Their load of explosives was ignited by a bomb.
Sgt. Aviad Deri, 19, from Maale Adummim
Sgt. Eytan Newman, 21, from Jerusalem
Sgt. Kobi Mizrahi, 20, from Moshav Mata
Corp. Hidron Amar, 20, from Eilat
Staff Sgt. Ofer Jerbi, 21, from Moshav Ben-Zakkai
Jacob Marvica, 26, new immigrant from Yugoslavia adopted by Kibbutz Geva