Eight in Gaza family mistakenly killed by Israeli airstrike

Doubts over Israeli story about family's ties with jihad

15 November, 16:19

    The corps of members of the family Abu Malhus killed by Israeli airstrike The corps of members of the family Abu Malhus killed by Israeli airstrike

    TEL AVIV/GAZA - Eight members of the family of Abu Malhus in Gaza, including mother, father, and children, were killed by mistake during an Israeli airstrike on Wednesday night that hit a house in Deir el-Balah, according to military sources reported by Israeli daily Haaretz.

    The Israeli army said it thought the house was empty.

    On Thursday, Israeli Army Radio said the head of the family, Ramsi Abu Malhus, was responsible for launching rockets into Israel from the central area of the Gaza Strip on behalf of the Islamic Jihad.

    The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) told Haaretz an investigation has been opened.

    "We undertake great intelligence and operational efforts not to harm non-combatants over the course of thwarting terror activities," IDF said.

    Nevertheless, Haaretz cited a neighbour in Gaza who knew the family and said it may have been a case of mistaken identity.

    The neighbour said the family in question was "very poor" and living in "squalor", causing doubts about the likelihood that Abu Malhus was a senior jihadist.

    © Copyright ANSA - All rights reserved

    Business opportunities

    The information system of business
    opportunities abroad

    News from Mediterranean