Shot by IDF Soldiers Yotam Haim and Samar Talalka Alon Shamriz

Schedschaija, Gaza Strip, December 16, 2023 - On Friday, three Israeli hostages were accidentally killed by Israeli soldiers in the Gaza Strip.

Shot by IDF Soldiers Yotam Haim and Samar Talalka Alon Shamriz
Instagram: Yotam Haim & Samr Fouad Al-Talalka

The hostages, held captive by Hamas for several days, have been identified as:

  • Yotam Haim, a 20-year-old man from Kfar Gaza
    -  Samr Fouad Al-Talalka, a 30-year-old man from Nir Am
  • Alon Shamriz

The Israeli military announced that during an operation in the Hamas stronghold of Schedschaija, the hostages were mistakenly identified as a threat and were tragically shot.

Minister Gantz Offers Condolences to Families

Defense Minister Benny Gantz expressed his heartfelt condolences to the families of the hostages. "It breaks my heart to learn about the tragedy tonight," he said. "I want to embrace the families – the entire nation of Israel mourns with you."

Gantz added that the Israeli army is committed to doing everything possible to bring back the kidnapped individuals alive.

Criticism of the Israeli Military

Chen Avigdori, whose wife and daughter were suddenly released during the ceasefire, accused the Israeli military of making a mistake. "There is no military solution," he said. "No time. The conclusion for anyone with both heart and mind is the same: Israel must initiate a deal to bring them back alive, not in coffins, and it must be done now."