Israeli army apologizes for killing wrong man


(JTA) — Israel’s army apologized for killing a civilian in his bed during a raid.

Troops shot Amr Qawasme on Jan. 6 in his Hebron home during a raid aimed at re-arresting six suspected terrorists who had been released the day before by the Palestinian Authority.

Qawasme, 65, lived a floor above the intended target, Wael Mahmoud Said Bitar, the army said.

Bitar, who was implicated in a deadly suicide bombing attack in Dimona in 2008, was arrested during the raid.

Haaretz on Jan. 6 quoted the army as saying it "regretted" Qawasme’s killing.

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