Jerusalem, Jul 11 (AP) The Israeli military said Thursday that Israeli hostages held in a home struck by tank fire on October 7 were likely killed by Hamas militants, not the Israeli shelling.

The conclusions were part of the army's first inquiry related to the events of that day.

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While the army cleared itself in the tank strike, it acknowledged a string of failures in its core mission to protect the country's civilians.

Hamas stormed communities across southern Israel on October 7 in an attack that caught Israeli security forces off guard. Roughly 1,200 people, mostly civilians, were killed and some 250 people were taken hostage into Gaza. (AP)

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