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Netanyahu says civilian casualties in Rafah, a tragic mishap

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the civilian casualties caused in the targeted killing of senior Hamas terrorists in Rafah on Sunday was a tragic mishap.

A fire caused the tragedy after the elimination of two Hamas members © Mena Today 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the civilian casualties caused in the targeted killing of senior Hamas terrorists in Rafah on Sunday was a tragic mishap. 

Dozens of civilians were killed when fire broke out after the IDF fired at Khaled Nagar and Yassin Rabia, who coordinated Hamas terror activities on the West Bank. 

Netanyahu said an air strike in the area of Rafah was not intended to cause civilian casualties and would be investigated.

"In Rafah, we already evacuated about 1 million non-combatant residents and despite our utmost effort not to harm non-combatants, something unfortunately went tragically wrong," he said in a speech in parliament.

"We are investigating the incident and will reach conclusions, because this is our policy."

Reporting by Lianne Back

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