An Australian soldier reportedly serving in an Israeli armoured brigade has been tragically killed during the Gaza conflict.

Lior Sivan’s father has stated that a 32-year-old individual with dual citizenship was ambushed and killed while exiting a tank hatch in an attempt to shoot a Hamas fighter.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Dfat) is currently seeking urgent confirmation regarding the death of an Australian citizen in Gaza.

According to the ABC, Lior Sivan, a reserves captain aged 32, was killed during combat alongside an Israeli armored brigade in southern Gaza. While Israeli media outlets reported the incident shortly after, Australian media did not cover it until Tuesday.

The individual, holding dual citizenship, was called to serve in the Israeli Defense Force after October 7, when Hamas, a group considered as terrorists by the Australian government, killed over 1,200 Israelis and took 240 hostages.

It is reported that he was serving as a tank commander and was killed on December 19.

In an interview with the ABC, his father, Dan Sivan, disclosed that his son had risen from the tank hatch to shoot at a Hamas fighter who had allegedly planted an explosive device on a nearby tank. However, it turned out to be an ambush, with someone hiding behind a building launching an attack against him.

A spokesperson from Dfat stated in a released statement that they are “aware of reports concerning the death of an Australian citizen in Gaza and are actively seeking further confirmation.” The statement also included condolences to the family and a commitment to providing consular assistance.

Sivan is believed to be the first Australian citizen killed while fighting for Israel in Gaza.

According to senior officials, Israel has initiated the withdrawal of some troops from Gaza, though there is an expectation of continuing an intense campaign for at least six months.

Since the start of the operation, around 170 Israeli Defense Force soldiers have been killed in Gaza.

The Gaza health ministry, controlled by Hamas, claims that over 20,000 Palestinians have been killed in the fighting. While the ministry does not differentiate between civilian and militant casualties, it is estimated that around 70% of those killed are women and children.

This report includes contributions from the Australian Associated Press.

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