Israel acknowledges killing 8 Gaza family members

The Israeli military on Thursday acknowledged that it "made a mistake" in targeting a building in the Gaza City on Wednesday, which led to the killing of eight members of a same family.

Quoting an Israeli army spokesman, the daily Haaretz reported: "the army assessed the building in the Deir al-Balah neighborhood was empty."

The spokesperson said the army is investigating the airstrike that took place few hours before the cease-fire came into effect on Thursday morning.

Following the airstrike, the Israeli army spokesperson Avichay Adraee had claimed that the airstrike targeted Rasmi Asoarka, a prominent Islamic Jihad figure.

The two-day escalation left 34 Palestinians dead -- most of them civilians -- and hundreds of others injured.

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