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Israel’s navy stated it has discovered that its forces had come near discovering three hostages earlier than they had been mistakenly killed by Israeli troops in Gaza final week, an episode that has roiled the nation and raised strain on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to shortly attain a deal to free Hamas’s remaining captives.

The information was the newest to emerge for the reason that deadly taking pictures of the three hostages, who had been unarmed and bearing a makeshift white flag. Israel’s navy has been fast in disclosing particulars of the taking pictures, which it stated violated its guidelines of engagement.

In a briefing late Wednesday, Daniel Hagari, the Israeli navy spokesman, stated that 5 days earlier than the lethal hostage taking pictures, Israeli forces had been patrolling the world the place they now know that the hostages had been held.

They engaged in a firefight with Palestinian militants and despatched a fight canine geared up with a GoPro digicam right into a constructing for reconnaissance. The navy stated Palestinian fighters shot the canine, and the Israeli troopers prevailed within the struggle, killing the militants.

But it seems, the navy has since discovered, that the canine’s GoPro continued to file, capturing the voices of the three younger hostages — Yotam Haim, Alon Shamriz and Samer Talalka — who had been kidnapped, alongside roughly 240 others, throughout Hamas’s Oct. 7 shock assault. The footage was apparently left unchecked on the time, the Israeli navy stated, and it was unclear when the navy retrieved the digicam.

After their captors had been killed, the three hostages fled the constructing, Admiral Hagari stated. It was not clear the place they had been over the subsequent 5 days, earlier than they had been finally noticed by Israeli troops, close to a constructing greater than a half mile away.

The Israeli troops had been patrolling that space in Gaza City, in a neighborhood that had seen lethal ambushes in current days. The troopers had been on excessive alert for makes an attempt by Hamas to ambush Israeli forces, probably in civilian garments, the navy stated.

The three younger hostages, shirtless and holding the makeshift white flag, exited a close-by constructing, the Israeli navy stated, citing a preliminary investigation. One of the Israeli troopers, mistaking them for a menace, opened hearth, killing two of them and wounding the third, based on the navy.

The third hostage fled into the constructing, from which a cry in Hebrew for assist might be heard. The battalion commander ordered the forces to carry their hearth. But the wounded hostage later re-emerged, after which he was fatally shot, the navy stated.

Admiral Hagari pledged that the Israeli navy would proceed to analyze the taking pictures, which the navy’s chief of workers referred to as a transparent violation of the open-fire coverage. He added that the navy was investigating why the GoPro footage was not instantly reviewed.

“We will present all the material to the families. We owe the families the truth and the investigation,” Admiral Hagari stated. The navy would “do everything to ensure that this never happens again,” he added.

Iris Haim, the mom of Yotam, launched a recorded message on Wednesday during which she advised the troopers concerned in her son’s dying that she blamed nobody aside from Hamas.

“We want to see you with our own eyes and embrace you,” stated Ms. Haim, in an English translation put out by Israel’s authorities press workplace. “None of us are judging you or angry with you,” she added.

After their deaths, many in Israel have demanded that Mr. Netanyahu do extra to safe the discharge of the greater than 100 hostages, largely males, who’re nonetheless held in Gaza.

That contains declaring a pause in combating, or a cease-fire, just like the one which ended on Dec. 1. During that halt, Hamas launched over 80 Israeli hostages and 24 overseas nationals, whereas Israel launched some 240 Palestinian prisoners and detainees.


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