JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's military says its investigation into one of the bloodiest incidents of the 2014 Gaza war shows Israeli forces committed no wrongdoing and that there are no grounds for any criminal action against the troops.
In the incident, fighting broke out after an Israeli officer was feared abducted by Palestinian gunmen during a cease-fire. Israel says more than 40 Gaza gunmen died in the barrage and about 70 civilians "were unintentionally killed" in strikes on militants.
The military said on Wednesday that following a thorough examination "a criminal investigation is not warranted."
Despite a high civilian death toll, the military says troops operated under proper military procedure. There was no immediate comment from Gaza's militant Hamas rulers.
Rights groups have in the past accused the Israeli army of whitewashing investigations.