An Israeli occupation army spokesman told the American channel NBC that the rate of soldiers being killed by friendly fire is terrible, and added that lessons are being learned to reduce such horrific incidents, as he put it.
The last statistics issued by the occupation regarding those killed by Israeli fire was last December, when it announced that 20 soldiers were killed by “friendly fire” in Gaza stripSince the ground battles began there in late October.
Army Radio said, “The number of soldiers killed by friendly fire in… Gaza battles It represents one-fifth of the number of soldiers killed during the ground operation,” the number of which the army announced had risen to 111, including officers and soldiers.
According to data from the occupation army, one out of every 5 deaths is caused by friendly fire, and 17% were killed in this way or during incidents in the field.
These incidents included accidental shooting, soldiers accidentally running over Israeli tanks, walls falling on soldiers, or mistakes with explosives during preparations for destruction.
And according For a previous report by Al Jazeera Net The reasons for killing by friendly fire are due to several factors, including:
- Fear and confusion during clashes with resistance fighters.
- Poor training and lack of concentration as a result of exhaustion during combat.
- The presence of strong resistance on the ground distracts and weakens the enemy's strength.
- The nature of the difficult combat environment imposed by the resistance through street warfare.
- Hannibal Protocol…A dead soldier is better than a captured soldier, which is a measure used by the Israeli army to prevent the capture of its soldiers, even if it means killing them.
It is worth noting that what is known as the Hannibal Protocol allows for the bombing of the positions of captured soldiers, and during the Gaza War, it was confirmed through investigations that the occupation army killed Israelis or members of its soldiers in implementation of this law.
Commented the military and strategic expert, Major General Fayez Al-DuwairiOn the deaths of the occupation army due to friendly fire, he said that mistakes occur in all battles, but they do not reach these catastrophic numbers, indicating that this indicates “that it is a failed and cowardly army, and has no competence.”
It is noteworthy that the Israeli occupation army announced the killing of 2,748 officers and soldiers, and that the death toll since the start of the ground attack was 1,258.