PM expresses 'regret' for loss of innocent life in Gaza

March 22, 2011 21:44

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu issued a statement Tuesday night "expressing regret" at the loss of innocent life in Gaza, saying it was accidental.

According to the statement, Netanyahu stressed that the IDF mortar firing was done in reaction to Hamas shelling of Israeli civilians.

"It is unfortunate that Hamas continues to rain down dozens of rockets on Israeli civilians intentionally, while using [their own] civilians as human shields. Israel has no intention of bringing about a deterioration of the situation, but at the same time, the IDF will continue to act decisively to protect Israeli citizens," the statement read.

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