Military prosecutors informed Human Rights Group B'Tselem on Tuesday that the IDF was closing the probe into an incident in which 21 family members were killed during an IDF strike on Gaza during Operation Cast Lead in 2009.
In a letter to B'Tselem, military prosecutors rejected claims that the IDF officers and soldiers involved, including Givati Brigade Brig.-Gen. Ilan Malka, intentionally targeted civilians or caused death through negligence.
The investigation against Malka focused on the bombing on January 5, 2009, during the ground offensive stage of the three-week operation, of a home in Gaza City’s Zeitoun neighborhood which killed 21 members of the Samouni family. The case was highlighted in the Goldstone Report – which investigated alleged Israeli war crimes during the operation.
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