Fourth soldier killed in rocket attack near Karem Abu Salem

The conflict stems from a long-standing dispute over land and the political status of Palestinians. Israel, established in 1948, occupies land Palestinians claim as their own, including the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

The Israeli army has confirmed the death of a fourth soldier in Sunday’s rocket attack near Karem Abu Salem (Kerem Shalom) in southern Israel. The soldier has been identified as Sergeant Michael Ruzal, 18, belonging to the Nahal Brigade’s 931st Battalion, hailing from Rishon Lezion, the army announced on Monday.

The rocket attack, claimed by Hamas and Islamic Jihad, also left at least 10 others wounded.

Sergeant Ruzal’s death marks the fourth casualty from the attack which occurred near the Gaza Strip border. The incident has heightened tensions in the region, already inflamed by recent escalations between Israeli forces and Palestinian militant groups.

The conflict stems from a long-standing dispute over land and the political status of Palestinians. Israel, established in 1948, occupies land Palestinians claim as their own, including the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Palestinians seek an independent state in these territories, with East Jerusalem as its capital.

The attack on Sunday targeted a military vehicle near Karem Abu Salem, an area frequently used for transferring goods into the blockaded Gaza Strip. Following the attack, Israeli forces launched a series of airstrikes on Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip.

In response to the incident, the Israeli government has vowed to retaliate with force, promising to hold Hamas and Islamic Jihad accountable for the attack.

Sergeant Ruzal’s death has been met with grief and mourning across Israel. The young soldier’s funeral is expected to draw large crowds as the nation pays its respects to one of its fallen heroes.

The situation remains tense as Israeli forces and Palestinian militants continue to exchange fire, raising fears of further escalation in the region.