IDF spokesman blames deaths during hostage rescue operation on Hamas tactics

The Israel Defense Forces blamed Palestinian civilian casualties in a hostage rescue operation on the tactics of the terrorist organization Hamas.

Israel carried out one of its first hostage rescue operations within Gaza, in an operation IDF Chief Spokesman Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari compared to its famous raid on Entebbe, Uganda, in 1976.

Unlike that operation, however, the raid into the Nuseirat camp wrought dozens of civilian casualties. Hamas-run Gaza Health Ministry put the total number of killed at 274 Palestinians, with many being civilians, while Israel put the total at less than 100, according to reports. One Israeli officer was killed, while four hostages were rescued.

Palestinians look at the aftermath of the Israeli bombing in Nuseirat refugee camp, Gaza Strip, Saturday,
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