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5 Israeli soldiers killed, 7 injured in northern Gaza after IDF tank mistook them for enemy


Five Israeli soldiers were killed and another seven were wounded, including three seriously, in an incident of so-called friendly fire in northern Gaza’s Jabaliya yesterday, the military announces.

The slain troops are named as

  • Cpt. Roy Beit Yaakov, 22, from Eli
  • Staff Sgt. Gilad Arye Boim, 22, from Karnei Shomron
  • Sgt. Daniel Chemu, 20, from Tiberias
  • Sgt. Ilan Cohen, 20, from Karmiel
  • Staff Sgt. Betzalel David Shashuah, 21, from Tel Aviv

The soldiers all served in the Paratroopers Brigade’s 202nd Battalion.

According to an initial IDF probe, a tank operating alongside the paratroopers in the Jabaliya camp fired two shells at a building where they were gathered at around 7 p.m.

The tank forces had arrived at the area in the morning hours, and several hours later, the paratroopers reached the area and established a post in the building. Later in the evening, another group of paratroopers reached the area and notified two of the tanks there that they were entering the building…



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