IDF said it accidentally killed Israeli hostages in Gaza --The army has said it bears 'full responsibility' for the deaths | 16 Dec 2023 | The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has said it accidentally killed three Israeli nationals taken hostage by Hamas, explaining that the "tragic" error occurred in a Gaza neighborhood where troops had come under heavy fire. IDF spokesman Daniel Hagari described the incident during a press briefing on Friday, noting that the three Israeli captives were mistaken for hostile fighters in the Shejaiya region of northern Gaza. "As a result, the troops fired toward them and they were killed," Hagari said, adding that "Their bodies were transferred to Israeli territory for examination, after which it was confirmed that they were three Israeli hostages."

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