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Israel’s military kills 3 Israelis held in Gaza, Tel Aviv protesters call for new talks on captives

Hundreds of people took part in protests in Tel Aviv after the Israeli military announced it had mistakenly killed three captives being held in Gaza by Hamas.

“I would say that he [Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu] is responsible for everything that is happening … that happened, and is still happening,” protester Ilana Zeffren told Reuters news agency.

“He has blood, a lot of blood on his hands, and he should resign now, and let people that are responsible and care … and care for this country, unlike him, to take over, and get this war over with and get all the kidnapped people back home now,” Zeffren said.

Protester Gori Parnes said: “A deal should have been made much, much earlier. And all those lives of all the innocent people could have been spared. I think it’s a big tragedy what is happening here now.”

Images on Israeli television showed large crowds gathering and blocking a main street in the city.

The army identified the three killed captives as Yotam Haim and Alon Shamriz, who were taken from Kfar Aza kibbutz during Hamas’s 7 October attack, and Samer El-Talalqa, taken from Nir Am kibbutz.

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