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Israeli general says strike on World Central Kitchen team was a “mistake that followed a misidentification”

From CNN's Jeremy Diamond

The Israeli military’s top general apologized for an Israeli strike on a World Central Kitchen convoy that killed seven aid workers, calling it “a mistake that followed a misidentification.”

Lt. Gen. Herzi Halevi said in a video statement Tuesday that the military completed a preliminary debrief and determined it did not intend to kill the aid workers.

“I want to be very clear—the strike was not carried out with the intention of harming WCK aid workers. It was a mistake that followed a misidentification – at night during a war in very complex conditions. It shouldn’t have happened,” Halevi said.
“We are sorry for the unintentional harm to the members of WCK. We share in the grief of their families, as well as the entire World Central Kitchen organization, from the bottom of our hearts,” Halevi added.

He called the strike “a grave mistake,” and vowed that the Israel Defense Forces “will continue taking immediate actions to ensure that more is done to protect humanitarian aid workers.

“This incident was a grave mistake. Israel is at war with Hamas, not with the people of Gaza,” Halevi added.

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