Three Israeli Soldiers Killed by 'Friendly Fire'
Three soldiers from the elite Israeli army Golani Brigade were killed Monday night after they were struck by an explosion from an Israeli tank during a battle with Hamas near Gaza City.
"Three IDF (Israel Defence Forces) soldiers were killed and one critically wounded and an additional three were severely wounded as the result of a tank shell explosion that was fired in error from an IDF tank during an operation" in northern Gaza, the spokesman said.
"The tank shell hit a structure where the soldiers were located. Twenty additional soldiers were lightly to moderately wounded in the same incident."
Among those lightly wounded during what was said to be heavy fighting was brigade commander Colonel Avi Peled, who directed evacuation efforts before being pulled out of the area.
24 additional soldiers were wounded in the 'friendly fire' explosion. Prior to this event, one Israeli soldier had been killed during the 10-day long conflict in Gaza, where the death toll is suspected to be over 600.