The Israeli Army has admitted to mistakenly killing three hostages, believing them to be a potential threat.

Israel Army Says It Killed 3 Hostages Mistaking Them For 'Threat'

The name of the third hostage has been withheld by the Israeli army at the request of the family.

Jerusalem:

The Israeli army has admitted to fatally shooting three hostages on Friday, mistaking them for a threat during combat in Shejaiya.

In a statement, the army said, “During the combat in Shejaiya, the IDF (army) mistakenly identified three Israeli hostages as a threat. As a result, the troops fired towards them, resulting in their deaths. Immediate lessons have been learned from this incident and have been communicated to all IDF troops in the field. We deeply regret this tragic incident.”

Two of the hostages have been identified as Yotam Haim, who was abducted from Kibbutz Kfar Aza during Hamas’ attack on October 7, and Samer El-Talalqa, who was taken from Kibbutz Nir Am.

The name of the third hostage has been withheld at the request of the family.

Hamas kidnapped approximately 250 hostages during their October 7 attack on Israel, resulting in the death of 1,139 people, according to official figures.

Israel has launched a retaliatory war against Hamas, causing the death of over 18,700 people, as reported by the territory’s Hamas-run health ministry.

The Israeli government has consistently stated that the safe return of all hostages is one of its main objectives in this war.

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The Israeli army has admitted to mistakenly shooting and killing three hostages after identifying them as a threat. The incident occurred during combat in Shejaiya, and the army expressed deep remorse over the tragic incident. Two of the hostages have been identified as Yotam Haim and Samer El-Talalqa, who were taken from Kibbutz Kfar Aza and Kibbutz Nir Am, respectively. The army is withholding the name of the third hostage at the family’s request. Hamas had kidnapped around 250 hostages during its October 7 attack on Israel. The Israeli government has made it a priority to bring back all of the hostages.

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