The army has acknowledged an accidental shooting of an Egyptian post during the recent bombing of Gaza, and has launched an investigation.
An Israeli tank reportedly “accidentally fired and hit an Egyptian post” near the Gaza Strip border. This event occurred during a series of military operations against the terrorist group Hamas, which began an aggressive campaign against Israel on October 7.
In response to this incident, the Israeli army issued a statement expressing its regret for the incident, especially near the Kerem Shalom area. “The IDF expresses its regret over the incident,” the official statement said. In addition, it was assured that “the incident is being investigated and the details are being investigated.”
On the other hand, the Egyptian army confirmed the incident, mentioning that it resulted in “minor injuries” without giving further details about it. They also noted that Israel “immediately expressed regret for the unintended incident and the investigation is ongoing.”
Despite the tense atmosphere, Egyptian media stressed that this unfortunate incident will not hinder the transfer of humanitarian aid to Gaza. According to these reports, on Saturday, 20 trucks with important supplies were able to cross into Gaza through the Rafah border post with Egypt, which is located near Israel.
This development comes at a time when border crossings between Gaza and Israel remain closed following an outbreak of violence since October 7. According to United Nations estimates, about 100 trucks per day are needed to respond the basic needs of the residents of the Gaza Strip.
The escalation of the conflict was triggered by a major attack by Hamas on October 7. In this raid, approximately 2,500 terrorists were attacked by land, sea and air, massacring more than 1,400 people and took 212 hostages, while launching thousands of rockets into Israeli territory.
In response, Israel launched an offensive aimed at destroying Hamas’ infrastructure and eliminating its presence, targeting the terrorist group’s areas of operation, and declaring its intention to minimize civilian casualties.