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Israel Hamas War News Gaza Strip Gaza Hostage Shooting Investigation Report Benjamin Netanyahu

In a sobering revelation, an Israeli military investigative report released on Thursday revealed that Israeli soldiers ignored calls for “help” when they attacked a Gaza building where three hostages were later accidentally killed. Was. According to the investigation, soldiers reportedly heard screams of “hostages” in Hebrew on 10 December, but it was deemed an “attempt of terrorist deception” by Hamas operatives, news agency AFP reported.

The building, located in the Shejaiya district of Gaza City, is believed to have been filled with explosives, prompting troops to storm out and later kill five Hamas activists attempting to flee.

According to AFP, the investigation revealed that the hostages likely escaped the building on December 15 and were shot by Israeli soldiers after being mistaken for a threat. Two hostages were killed instantly, while the third escaped, causing soldiers to open fire in an attempt to identify him.

Despite screaming for help and pleas such as “They’re shooting at me”, the surviving hostage was shot by two soldiers, who reportedly did not hear the order due to the noise of a nearby tank. Notably, all three hostages were shirtless and one was carrying a white flag, AFP reported.

On December 14, an army drone identified distress signals such as “SOS” and “Help, three hostages” over the building where the fatal shooting took place.

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‘Broke the heart of the entire country’: Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu on hostage shootings

Israeli army chief Herzi Halevi acknowledged the failure of the hostage-free mission, saying in a statement that “three deaths could have been prevented.”

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed grief, saying that the incident “broke my heart” and “broke the heart of the entire country.” The three hostages have been identified as Yotam Haim, Alon Shamriz and Samer al-Talalka, all in their twenties, AFP reports.

The tragic killings have sparked protests in Tel Aviv, where demonstrators are demanding a new plan to rescue the 129 remaining hostages still held in the Gaza Strip. Hostages were taken during Hamas attacks in Israel on October 7, resulting in about 1,140 deaths, mostly civilians, according to an AFP tally based on Israeli data.

Vowing to eliminate Hamas and return the hostages, Israel launched a massive military offensive against the Palestinian Islamic movement, causing widespread destruction in Gaza. The region’s Hamas government claims the war has killed at least 21,320 people, mostly women and children.

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