Protest Commence in Tel Aviv

Israeli Armed Forces Killed 3 Hostages Mistakenly

International Desk

Published: 16 Dec 2023, 04:23 pm

The three Israeli hostages are Yotam Haim (28), Samer Talalka (22) and Alon Shamriz (26). Photo Collected

The three Israeli hostages are Yotam Haim (28), Samer Talalka (22) and Alon Shamriz (26). Photo Collected

The military said the hostages were killed during combat with militants in Gaza and expressed its condolences to the families while saying there would be "full transparency" in the investigation into the incident. A statement from the military said that during an intense battle in Gaza it "identified three Israeli hostages as a threat". "As a result, the troops fired toward them and they were killed."

Meanwhile a demonstrations have taken place in Tel Aviv with calls for the Israeli government to do more to bring home hostages from Gaza. At this time the protests were sparked by the Israeli military mistakenly killing three hostages in Gaza - Yotam Haim, Samer Talalka and Alon Shamriz - after misidentifying them as a "threat"

On the other hand the military named the dead hostages as Yotam Haim who was kidnapped from Kibbutz Kfar, and Samer Talalka, who was abducted from Kibbutz Nir Am and Alon Shamriz who was taken from Kibbutz Kfar Aza. All were abducted by Hamas on Oct. 7, it said.

The Hostages and Missing Persons Families Forum, which represents the families of hostages, expressed its condolences and confirmed the names of the three hostages.

It said, "Yotam was a gifted musician and dedicated metal music fan who idolized the band Megadeth" and "Samer was an avid motorcyclist who loved to ride around the countryside and spend time with friends." The forum said "Alon's family and friends described him as a lover of life and a dedicated basketball fan."

Earlier in recent days Israel has engaged in intense battles with Hamas militants, who often wear casual civilian clothing, and on Wednesday announced its worst combat losses with 10 soldiers killed in 24 hours.

Hamas rampaged through Israeli towns killing 1,200 people and capturing 240 hostages on Oct. 7. Israel then launched a counter-attack, during which Gaza health authorities say close to 19,000 people have been confirmed killed, with thousands more feared buried under rubble.

During a week-long truce in late November, Hamas released more than 100 women, children and foreigners it was holding in Gaza in exchange for the release of 240 women and teenagers. 

Meanwhile Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement, "together with the entire people of Israel, I bow my head in deep sorrow and mourn the death of three of our dear sons who were kidnapped. My heart goes out to the grieving families in their difficult time."

More than 100 hostages still remain in Gaza. Some have been declared dead in absentia by Israeli authorities.

Earlier on Friday, the Israeli military said it had recovered the bodies of three Israelis - a civilian and two soldiers - who had been held in the Gaza Strip by Hamas.


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