A tragic friendly fire incident results in death of three hostages

IDF force operating deep within Shijaiyah comes across 3 suspected to be Hamas terrorists and open fire, only later understanding they were hostages that either ran away or were deserted by Hamas; IDF spokesperson promises thorough and transparent investigation into incident

Gilad Meiri|Updated:
IDF Spokesperson Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari disclosed in his evening statement that a tragic friendly fire incident occurred during the skirmish in Shijaiyah. IDF troops, mistakenly believing they were confronting a threat, fired upon three individuals who were later identified as Israeli hostages. Tragically, the incident resulted in their deaths.
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The victims were Yotam Haim, taken from Kfar Aza, Samar Talalka, abducted from Nir Am, and Alon Shamriz. Their bodies were subsequently transported to Israel for a thorough examination.
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תא״ל דניאל הגרי
תא״ל דניאל הגרי
Rear Admiral Hagari
(Photo: IDF Spokesperson's Unit)
Rear Admiral Hagari noted the IDF launched an immediate investigation into the incident. He explained that the location of the incident had been the site of multiple confrontations in recent days. The insights gained from this unfortunate event are now being disseminated to all active combat units.
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יותם חיים,  אלון שמריז, סאמר טלאלקה
יותם חיים,  אלון שמריז, סאמר טלאלקה
Samar Talalka, Alon Shamriz and Yotam Haim
The IDF expressed its profound sorrow over the incident and extended its heartfelt condolences to the families in mourning.
First published: 20:39, 12.15.23
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