(Times of Israel) On Wednesday morning three paratroopers were killed, bringing the death toll since the beginning of the ground operation in Gaza to 32. It’s highly possible that those sitting around the General Staff table knew that this would be the price Israel would have to pay if it sought to neutralize the tunnel threat from Hamas. The public, still very much supportive of the operation, has been surprised. After all, during Operation Cast Lead in 2009, over 23 days of fighting, the army lost only 10 soldiers, four of them from friendly fire.

What follows is a look at some of the operational hazards, some unavoidable, that have led to the loss of life.

Take the case of the Paratroop Brigade. A platoon from its demolitions company set out early in the morning on Wednesday.

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