The Israel Defense Forces says it delayed Saturday night’s deadly strike on senior Palestinian Islamic Jihad commander Khaled Mansour several times after identifying kids in the area.
“Later, when the kids were no longer in the area, the attack was successfully carried out,” the military says in a statement.
The IDF releases a video in which officers can be heard identifying kids playing around the house where Mansour was staying.
“I see kids running in the trees over there,” a pilot can be heard saying.
According to the military, the strike was delayed two more times, due to the presence of children, footage of which is included in the video.
דובר צה״ל מפרסם כעת את סרטי וקולות הקשר מהתקיפה המוצלחת ומניעת פגיעה בילדים בלתי מעורבים >> pic.twitter.com/SJttOsTfGC
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