Israeli President Apologizes for Killings

Israel’s president apologized Wednesday for what he called the “accidental” killings of Palestinian civilians by Israeli soldiers, but said the deaths occurred because Palestinian militants hid among civilians and launched rockets from residential areas. Israel launched a two-week offensive in the northern Gaza strip on Sept. 29, in response to a deadly rocket attack on the southern Israeli border town of Sderot. More than 100 Palestinians, including dozens of civilians, were killed in the fighting and hundreds more wounded. Five Israelis, including two preschoolers were killed. “I am very sorry and I apologize for the deaths of civilians, women and children,” Moshe Katsav, in Austria for the first visit here by an Israeli head of state, was quoted by the Austria Press Agency as saying. “That’s accidental. They are never our targets.” Full Story

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