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The IDF said that with a “high probability” A 16-year-old Palestinian girl may have been accidentally shot by a Magawa sniper during an operation in Jenin on Sunday.
A preliminary investigation into the incident revealed that 16-year-old Yana (Jena) Majdi Assam Zakarna appeared to be standing next to terrorists who shot at the soldiers from the roof. The Israeli military might have mistaken the girl for a terrorist.
“After an initial investigation, it was determined that the murdered girl had been injured as a result of inadvertent firing by armed terrorists on a rooftop in the area where the fire was fired from. It turns out that she was on the roof of one of the houses next to the militants. The allegation that the security forces deliberately fired on unidentified civilians is implausible and unfounded. Security forces will continue to investigate the incident and are working to clarify its circumstances,” the IDF said in a statement circulated on Twitter. %5Etfw[/embed]
The Palestinian media reported that the girl had seven bullet wounds. Jenin hospital director said she was shot in the back of the head.
Outgoing Prime Minister Yair Lapid expressed condolences over the death of a 16-year-old girl during an Israeli military operation. Lapid stressed that the publicized investigation is only preliminary, and that the security forces are continuing to investigate the matter in order to clarify the circumstances of the incident.
The head of government said that the State of Israel will continue to suppress terrorism and capture terrorists where necessary, but the IDF soldiers and security forces will always take maximum precautions to prevent civilian casualties, even in the most difficult circumstances.
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