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Israel admits mistake in attack that killed 9 people in Gaza

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Israel admits mistake in attack that killed 9 people in Gaza

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) admitted that intelligence services made a mistake in risk assessment for civilians.

At the time, an error in the risk assessment during the November 14 bombing of the Gaza Strip killed nine people, informs The Times of Israel.

The IDF attacked a house in Deir al-Balah and claimed to have shot down one of Palestinian Islamic Jihad leaders Rasmi Abu Malhous.

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However, eight family members, including their children under 13, died during the offensive.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, the Israeli army said the bombed house served as a "military complex" for Islamic jihadists.

"The analysis also found that when planning the attack, the IDF estimated that civilians would not be hit as a result of the offensive," the statement said.

However, an investigation determined that "although military activity took place in the complex, this was not a closed military facility, with civilians on the site."

The investigation also includes recommendations "with the aim of reducing as much as possible the occurrence of similar errors".

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