The Israeli military has cleared itself of culpability in one of the most controversial incidents in last summer’s Gaza war: a missile attack that killed four children on Gaza beach and injured a number of others.
Israel’s advocate general’s office said the attack, which led to the death of four boys aged between nine and 11 was a “tragic accident”.
Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, a military spokesman familiar with the investigation, said the strike intended to destroy a known Hamas Naval compound.
Journalists who attended the scene in the immediate aftermath of the attack – including a reporter from the Guardian – saw a small and dilapidated fisherman’s hut containing a few tools where the children had been playing hide-and-seek.
The hut was in plain sight of nearby hotels housing international journalists, none of whom described seeing militants in the area at the time of the attack.
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