Israeli occupation officer orders strike: 12 settlers killed in Be'er Sheva

‘I decided to storm the house, even at the cost of civilian casualties’

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GAZA – On Sunday, a high-ranking Israeli occupation officer issued a military order to strike a house in the Be'er Sheva settlement near the Gaza Strip, resulting in the death of 12 settlers, Khaberni, New York Times reported. اضافة اعلان

Barak Hiram, the commander of the 99th Infantry Division, claimed that a Hamas force was taking refuge in the house. He told a tank driver, "We must storm the house, even if it means casualties among civilians." He also confirmed that he ordered a shell to be fired at a house in Be'er Sheva on October 7.

The newspapers quoted Hiram, saying he arrived in Be'er Sheva finding several occupational units fighting in an unorganized manner in various parts of the settlement.

Later, a tank arrived and aggression developed in Bassi Cohen's house, where 14 Israelis were held. To slow down the soldiers' advance, the resistance fighters moved about half of the Israelis to the house’s backyard. An exchange of fire ensued in the dark. Simultaneously, Hiram and the commander of the Yamam unit began arguing. The commander wanted to wait, believing that the resistance might surrender. After minutes, Al-Qassam resistance fighters fired an RPG missile.

"Negotiations were over, and I decided to storm the house, even at the cost of civilian casualties. The tank fired only two shells. Two of the fourteen prisoners survived, Jasmine Borat and Hadass Dagan," said Barak Hiram.

The Israeli newspaper, Yedioth Ahronoth, reported a response by an IOF spokesperson, saying, "The fighting continued for hours, and everyone involved did everything possible to stop the attack and save lives. Brigadier General Barak Hiram is an outstanding officer, who fought bravely during the events of October 7 and is still participating in the war in Gaza these days. The Israeli army will conduct a detailed and thorough investigation to clarify the details until the operational situation allows, and its results will be published to the public."

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