IDF Probes Gaza Friendly Fire Incident; 5 Soldiers Dead

By Yoni Weiss

Smoke rises from the Gaza Strip, as seen from the Israeli side of the border, Wednesday. (Arie Leib Abrams/Flash90)

The IDF confirmed on Thursday morning that they are investigating a tragic friendly fire incident in northern Gaza that occurred on Wednesday, resulting in the deaths of five soldiers and the injury of seven others.

The incident occurred in the Jabalya refugee camp, an area where Hamas has been attempting to regroup. Initial investigations suggest that a tank fired two shells at a building where soldiers from the Paratroopers Brigade’s 202nd Battalion were stationed.

The soldiers had informed the tank crews that they were establishing a post within the building. Later in the evening, the tank operators observed a gun barrel protruding from one of the building’s windows and mistakenly fired two shells, believing it to be a threat posed by armed terrorists.

Among those tragically killed were Cpt. Roy Beit Yaakov, 22, Staff Sgt. Gilad Arye Boim, 22, Sgt. Daniel Chemu, 20, Sgt. Ilan Cohen, 20, and Staff Sgt. Betzalel David Shashuah, 21.

Additionally, seven soldiers sustained injuries, with three in serious condition.

The investigation into the incident is ongoing.

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