In a shocking revelation, a report by Haaretz newspaper has unveiled that an Israeli military helicopter mistakenly targeted Israeli festival-goers during an October 7 attack against Hamas militants. This event unfolded near the Israeli border with Gaza, leading to injuries among Israelis, an unfortunate event that was initially attributed to the Hamas gunmen.
Mistaken Fire and Independent Actions
The festival, located close to Kibbutz Re'im, was unexpectedly drawn into the conflict when Hamas militants launched their attack. The militants, unaware of the ongoing festival, inadvertently placed Israeli civilians in harm's way. However, the report suggests that the injuries sustained by the Israeli festival-goers were predominantly caused by friendly fire from an Israeli military helicopter, rather than the actions of Hamas gunmen. Additionally, it was revealed that some Israeli forces used artillery shells without the necessary authorization from their superiors, further exacerbating the situation.
Identifying Friend from Foe
A report from Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper gives an insight into the difficulties faced by Israeli Air Force pilots in distinguishing between Hamas militants and Israeli civilians during the festival. This disclosure contradicts the official Israeli narrative that squarely placed the blame for the festival casualties on Hamas gunmen.
Broader Context and Ongoing Conflict
These revelations are set against the backdrop of a substantial Israeli retaliation operation, named 'Al-Aqsa Flood,' against Hamas in Gaza. This operation has resulted in over 12,300 Palestinian and around 1,200 Israeli fatalities. The ongoing conflict has inflicted extensive damage to Gaza's infrastructure, with Israel instituting a blockade that has drastically limited supplies and repeatedly rejecting international calls for a ceasefire until the release of hostages by Hamas.