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Israeli army killed 14 Israelis on October 7: UN report

A new UN report has revealed that the Israeli army killed at least 14 Israelis on October 7, 2023, as part of a protocol aimed at preventing capture.

The report by the UN Independent International Commission of Inquiry (COI) found that the Israeli forces were likely intentionally killed to avoid giving the Palestinian side an upper hand in possible negotiations.

The report, published on Wednesday, documented repeated use of the so-called Hannibal Directive, also called the Hannibal Protocol, in which abductees were killed to prevent their capture.

The documents gathered by the UN commission showed repeated uses of the Hannibal Directive on 7 October as Israeli forces were combating Hamas resistance fighters who entered southern Israel from Gaza.

The UN commission also verified information indicating that, in at least two other cases, Israeli forces had likely applied the Hannibal Directive, resulting in the killing of up to 14 Israeli civilians. One woman was killed by helicopter fire.

In another case the COI found that Israeli tank fire killed some or all of the 13 civilian hostages held in a house in illegal settlement of Be’eri.

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