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3 Israeli Hostages Mistakenly Killed by Israeli Troops

The Israel Defense Forces said Friday that its soldiers have mistakenly killed three hostages being held by Hamas in Gaza City.

“During combat in Shejaiya, the IDF mistakenly identified three Israeli hostages as a threat. As a result, the troops fired toward them and they were killed,” the IDF said in a statement.

“During searches and checks in the area in which the incident occurred, a suspicion arose over the identities of the deceased,” the IDF continued. “Their bodies were transferred to Israeli territory for examination, after which it was confirmed that they were three Israeli hostages.”

The three hostages were identified as Yotam Haim, 28; Samer Talalka, 22; and 26-year-old Alon Shamriz.

“The IDF expresses deep remorse over the tragic incident and sends the families its heartfelt condolences,” the IDF also said. “Our national mission is to locate the missing and return all the hostages home.”

The announcement came hours after Israel’s military said it recovered the bodies of two 19-year-old Israeli soldiers that were taken captive by Hamas — Cpl. Nik Beizer and Sgt. Ron Sherman.

The bodies “have been recovered from Gaza during operational activity and returned to Israeli territory,” the IDF wrote in a post on X. “The IDF sends the families its heartfelt condolences and will continue to support them. Our national mission is to locate the missing and return all the hostages home.”

Beizer began his military service on April 30 and was working at a base near a Gaza border crossing on October 7 as part of a unit that helps coordinate the flow of goods into the Palestinian enclave, The Times of Israel reports.

“That’s the irony,” his mother Katy Beizer said earlier, according to The Times of Israel. “Everyone at this base is taking care of the Palestinians, working so that Gazans can live their lives.”

The aunt of Sherman said he texted his mother that “he loves her” as his base came under attack by Hamas on October 7, the newspaper also reported.

The body of hostage Elia Toledano, a 28-year-old who was at the music festival in southern Israel that was attacked by Hamas, also was recovered in Gaza and brought back to Israel Friday, the IDF said.

READ 12 COMMENTS
  • Ultrarunner70 says:

    Not a mistake. They new something, the question is what?

  • DDearborn says:

    Hmmm

    Really? How exactly does the world at large know with any certainty that this claim is true. Consider that subsequent to all the outlandish claims made by israel and israeli’s on and after Oct 7th it turned out the most of them were out right lies (cutting off babies heads) slaughter at a “Festival” (actually result of israeli tank and gunship attack) etc. etc. Why in the world would anyone believe anything israel says at this late date?

    Israel is a country run by out of control, rabidly racist, bigoted, hate-filled jewish supremacists who believe committing war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide and Apartheid, including the mass murder of of literally 10’s of thousands of women and children in order to steal their homes, land and country is by some warped, demented tortured twist of common sense constitutes and is justified as an act of fealty to their religion.

    The American people were told that the “wars” against “terrorism” which resulted in the destruction of 1 2nd world country, Iraq, and 2 third world countries which presented precisely ZERO threat to the National Security of the United States was justified because they were controlled by terrorist regimes who were slaughtering the citizenry of the respective Countries.

    For the record: The full body of the United Nationals duly and legally recognized the State of Palestine as a fully independent sovereign State in 2012 in exactly the same manner that created modern day “israel”. Though it should be noted that while “israel” took 2 votes to pass (only after the US strong armed more than a dozen countries) the vote for recognition of Palestine as an independent Nation won on the first vote with an overwhelming majority of the member States in favor…

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