Israel Releases Name of Soldier Killed by Gaza Sniper

The soldier who was killed by a sniper on the Gaza border on Friday was identified Saturday as Staff Sgt. Aviv Levy, 20, from Petah Tikva in central Israel.

Levy was killed by sniper fire  along the Gaza border, according to the Israeli army. He was evacuated to Soroka Medical Center in Be’er Sheva, where he was pronounced dead.

סמ”ר אביב לוידובר צה”ל

Levy, who served in the Givati infantry brigade, is the first to be killed on the Gaza front in active duty since a 2014 war in Gaza, an Israeli army spokesman said.

The Israeli army carried out extensive attacks on Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip after the soldier was killed. Four Palestinians were also killed in the exchange. Hamas’ armed wing, Izzedine al-Qassam Brigades, confirmed that three of them were members of the organization.

Three rockets were fired at Israel from Gaza during the escalation; two of the rockets were intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome, the anti-rocket defense system. The third rocket fell in an open area near Kibbutz Nahal Oz. No injuries or damage were reported.

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The Israeli army said its tanks had hit 68 Hamas targets and had "eliminated about 60 buildings and infrastructures and revoked significant military and command and control capabilities.

Late on Friday the sides announced they have agreed to restore calm in the Gaza Strip. An Israeli official said Hamas had asked for a cease-fire via Egyptian mediators.