Film ‘shows IDF did not kill fam­ily’

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS - BY SI­MON GRIVER JERUSALEM

THE IDF has re­leased video footage to back its claim that the deaths of a Pales­tinian wo­man and her four small chil­dren last week was not caused di­rectly by Is­raeli fire.

The video, posted on the in­ter­net, was shot by an IDF un­manned ae­rial ve­hi­cle. The IDF says that the film clearly shows a Ha­mas sus­pect, who was en­gaged in com­bat with IDF sol­diers, be­ing tar­geted and killed by an IDF ae­rial mis­sile. How­ever, the ini­tial ex­plo­sion ap­pears to leave un­scathed the gar­den of the Abu Meatak fam­ily, where Miyasar and her four small chil­dren, aged be­tween 15 months and six, were killed.

“Th­ese ae­rial mis­siles con­tain only a small amount of ex­plo­sives and you can see from the movie that there was an ac­cu­rate hit and that pedes­tri­ans near the ter­ror­ist are com­pletely un­harmed af­ter the first ex­plo­sion,” an IDF spokesman told the JC.

The film shows a sec­ondary and sep­a­rate ex­plo­sion shortly af­ter the sus­pect was killed and which the IDF says em­anated from grenades and mor­tar shells that the sus­pect was car­ry­ing with him. The IDF spokesman spec­u­lated that the sec­ond ex­plo­sion rammed a heavy metal gate into the Abu Meataks, who were eat­ing break­fast be­neath the grape vines near their house. The IDF’s con­clu­sions were re­leased af­ter a de­tailed en­quiry headed by a colonel ap­pointed by the head of the IDF South­ern Com­mand, Gen­eral Yoav Galant.

“The IDF al­ways con­ducts a high-level com­pre­hen­sive in­ves­ti­ga­tion into in­ci­dents when civil­ians are ac­ci­den­tally killed,” a state­ment said. “We will con­tinue to pur­sue ter­ror­ists de­spite this re­gret­table chain of events and in con­trast to Ha­mas, who tar­get in­no­cent civil­ians in Sderot and else­where in­clud­ing women and chil­dren, we will only fire at pos­i­tively iden­ti­fied ter­ror­ists.”

Beit Ha­noun in the north­ern Gaza Strip, from where ter­ror­ists daily fire mis­siles at Sderot and Ashkelon, has been the fo­cus of the fiercest fight­ing be­tween the IDF and Ha­mas in re­cent years. Egypt is cur­rently try­ing to bro­ker a six-month truce be­tween Ha­mas and Is­rael and al­though the Is­raeli gov­ern­ment is op­posed to any for­mal agree­ment with Ha­mas, it has in­di­cated to the Egyp­tians that if the Pales­tini­ans cease all hos­tile ac­tiv­ity along the Gaza-Is­rael border, then the IDF will have no rea­son to launch at­tacks on Gaza.

Anatomy of a strike: the IDF says its video footage shows that the Is­raeli strike kills a mil­i­tant while leav­ing the nearby fam­ily home un­scathed

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