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Hostage killing in Gaza: IDF chief takes the blame

Hostage killing in Gaza: IDF chief takes the blame Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Galant (photo: Getty Images)

Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Galant called the mistaken shooting of Hamas hostages by the Israeli military a "terrible evening." According to him, the whole of Israel "feels the pain" of the people killed by mistake, reports

The head of the Israeli defense ministry noted that he had spoken to the families of the victims and said that he "bears responsibility for everything that happens in this war."

"We were so close to such a wonderful success, so close to bringing them home," says Galant.

At the same time, he says, there is no alternative but to pay the price of war in pursuit of a just cause.

"Our troops are fighting every single day... the achievements are unprecedented, but yes, the risks are enormous," the IDF chief said.

Killing of Hamas hostages by the Israeli military

On October 7, militants of the radical Palestinian movement Hamas attacked Israel from the Gaza Strip. During the attack, terrorists massacred and kidnapped military and civilians, and simultaneously fired missiles at the country's largest cities.

In late October, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) launched a ground military operation in the Gaza Strip called "Iron Swords". Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the operation was aimed at the complete destruction of Hamas' operational and governmental capabilities, as well as the release of hostages.

On December 15, during the fighting in Shejaiya in northern Gaza, three Hamas hostages escaped from captivity on their own, but the Israeli military mistakenly recognized them as a threat and shot them dead. The IDF claimed responsibility for the tragic incident.