Israeli armed forces killed 3 hostages by mistake – spokesperson

The Israeli military mistakenly killed three hostages being held in Gaza by Hamas during an incident which is “under review,” a military spokesperson said on Friday.

The military said the hostages were killed during combat with militants in Gaza and expressed its condolences to the families while saying there would be “full transparency” in the investigation into the incident.

Israeli army spokesman Daniel Hagari named two of the hostages as Yotam Haim and Samer Al-Talalka. Later the third was identified by the Israeli army as Alon Shamriz.

Hagari said the Israeli forces had mistakenly identified the three hostages as a threat and subsequently fired at them.

Earlier on Friday, the Israeli military said it had recovered the bodies of three Israelis – a civilian and two soldiers – who had been held in the Gaza Strip by Hamas.