Israeli Military Investigating Mistaken Killing of Hostages in Gaza

An incident involving the mistaken killing of three Israeli hostages by Israeli soldiers in Gaza has sparked an investigation at the highest level of the Israeli military. The hostages – Yotam Haim, Samer Talalka, and Alon Shamriz – were shot dead while holding a white cloth and carrying a stick. This incident goes against the rules of engagement set by the Israeli military. The soldiers claimed they felt threatened and declared the hostages as terrorists before opening fire. Two of the hostages were killed instantly, while the third was wounded and returned to the building. The incident has led to renewed calls for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to negotiate with Hamas for the release of other hostages held in Gaza. A freed Thai hostage who was held with the three men expressed shock and sadness over their deaths. The investigation into this incident is likely to have significant political implications.