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Israel admit British aid worker was killed in 'unintentional' IDF strike on Gaza civilians

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a statement after seven aid workers were killed in an Israeli strike on April 1 – including at least a British national.

In a video message released on social media platform X on April 2, the politician admitted the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) had “unintentionally” hit “innocent people”.

Speaking in Hebrew, he said: “Unfortunately, in the last 24 hours there was a tragic case of our forces unintentionally hitting innocent people in the Gaza Strip.

“It happens in war, we check it to the end, we are in contact with the governments, and we will do everything so that this thing does not happen again.”

Hours prior Mr Netanyahu’s video message, the IDF expressed “sincere sorrow” over the deaths of the aid workers, but stopped short of accepting responsibility for the incident.

Israeli military spokesperson Rear Adm Daniel Hagari said the incident would be investigated in the “Fact Finding and Assessment Mechanism” – described in his statement as an “independent, professional, and expert body”.

He also said to have spoken to the founder of the World Central Kitchen (WCK) chef José Andrés, and to have expressed his “deepest condolences”.

The statement read: “We also express sincere sorrow to our allied nations who have been doing and continue to do so much to assist those in need.”

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