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Inquiry defends Israeli fatal airstrike in Gaza

(Xinhua)

10:45, May 02, 2012

JERUSALEM, May 1 (Xinhua) -- A probe into the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) airstrike that killed 21 members of a family in Gaza during Operation Cast Lead claimed on Tuesday that the bombing was not intentional and that civilians were not targeted during the operation.

The inquiry into whether the IDF committed criminal negligence and intentional targeting of civilians during the bombing that destructed the building in which the Samouri family lived in January 2009, resulted in the acquaintance of those involved, according to a press release from the Israeli rights group B' Tselem.

Military prosecutors responded in a letter to claims made by B' Tselem, saying that, during the probe, they had not found any evidence of negligence on the IDF's part.

"It is unacceptable that no one is found responsible for an action of the army that led to the killing of 21 uninvolved civilians, inside the building they were in under soldiers' orders, even if not deliberately," B'Tselem's head of research, attorney Yael Stein said.

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