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News number: 8710170421

16:05 | 2009-01-06

World

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Friendly Fire Kills 3, Injures 24 Israelis

TEHRAN (FNA)- An Israeli tank accidentally hit their own positions killing three Israeli soldiers and injuring 24 others including a commander in northern Gaza.



An Israeli army spokesman confirmed the incident which took place on Monday night.

"Three IDF (Israel Defense 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 soldiers were from the Israeli army's elite Golani Brigade. The brigade commander, Colonel Avi Peled, was also lightly injured in the incident.

"The tank shell hit a structure where the soldiers were located. Twenty additional soldiers were lightly to moderately wounded in the same incident," he said.