Eitan Barak, the First IDF Casualty in Israel's Gaza Operation

The first Israeli soldier to perish since the ground operation in the Gaza Strip started Thursday was killed in the northern Gaza Strip by light arms fire.

At 3:00 A.M. on Friday, a few hours after the start of the IDF ground incursion into the Gaza Strip, an exchange of gunfire led to Operation Protective Edge's first IDF fatality. First Sargent Eitan Barak, a 20-year-old fighter from Herzliya in the Nahal Brigade, was mortally wounded in north Gaza, apparently by light arms fire.