Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Saturday that the army’s killing of three hostages in Gaza in a case of mistaken identity was heart-breaking, but ‘military pressure is necessary’ to bring the other captives home.
‘It broke my heart. It broke the whole nation’s heart,’ he said of the deaths, while adding: ‘With all the deep sorrow, I want to clarify: the military pressure is necessary both for the return of the kidnapped and for achieving victory over our enemies.’
The news of their killing has sparked furious protests on the streets of Tel Aviv, with the families of hostages held in Gaza calling on the government to make an urgent deal to secure their release amid concern that their loved ones could be next.
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