2 Americans Killed in Fighting in Gaza Strip

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Israeli soldiers of the 155mm artillery canons unit fire towards the Gaza Strip from their position near Israel's border with the coastal Palestinian enclave, on July 20, 2014. The number of Palestinians killed in Israeli attacks in the Gaza Strip on July 20 was at least 100. It was the bloodiest single day in the battered enclave in five years, taking the Palestinian toll on the 13th day of Israel's Gaza offensive to 438. AFP PHOTO / MENAHEM KAHANA        (Photo by MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)

Israeli soldiers of the 155mm artillery canons unit fire towards the Gaza Strip from their position near Israel’s border with the coastal Palestinian enclave, on July 20, 2014. The number of Palestinians killed in Israeli attacks in the Gaza Strip on July 20 was at least 100. It was the bloodiest single day in the battered enclave in five years, taking the Palestinian toll on the 13th day of Israel’s Gaza offensive to 438. AFP PHOTO / MENAHEM KAHANA (Photo by MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)

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Two Americans who were soldiers for the Israel Defense Force were killed in fighting in the Gaza Strip.

Stuart Steinberg confirmed the death of his 24-year-old son Max Steinberg to The Associated Press on Sunday. Steinberg, whose family lives in Southern California’s San Fernando Valley, was a sharpshooter for the Golani Brigade and was one of 13 men killed in fighting Saturday.

Earlier Sunday, the IDF said in a statement that 21-year-old Sgt. Nissim Sean Carmeli was killed in combat in the Gaza Strip. Israeli Deputy Consul General Maya Kadosh says Carmeli was from South Padre Island, Texas.

Steinberg was living in Beersheba, Israel. He attended Pierce College and El Camino Real High School in Southern California. After visiting Israel, he decided to return and join the IDF in December 2012.

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