Man-portable anti-tank weapons are playing a major role in Hamas counterattacks against Israel’s ground incursion into Gaza, and have accounted for around 40% of the fatalities experienced by the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) during the first ten days of the ground operation. Up to 18 of the 43 reported IDF fatalities during this period were caused by anti-tank weapons. A further five were reported on 29 July, apparently when attackers who had emerged from a tunnel near Nahal Oz fired an anti-tank missile at the base of an IDF watch tower.

A official IDF listing of fatalities in many cases does not give the cause on an individual soldier’s death. […]