Palestinians said that a mother, three of her children and another relative were killed when an Israeli shell was fired at gunman firing anti-tank missile at soldiers in the northern Gaza Strip.
An initial Israeli inquiry into the incident revealed that soldiers spotted two Palestinians attempting to fire an anti-tank missile at the forces out of a house's balcony. A tank fired a shell and the two suspects were hit.
"If in fact civilians who are not involved in terror were also hurt in the incident, we regret this, but in this case, like in many other cases, the terrorists are those operating from built and populated areas against IDF soldiers, and therefore the terror organizations bear responsibility for anyone hurt in the incident," said sources in the Southern Command.
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