The Israeli military has announced that it will investigate the beach 'incident' that killed four Palestinian children earlier today.
In a statement, an Israeli military spokesperson said:
The IDF has no intention of harming civilians dragged by Hamas into the reality of urban combat.
We are carefully investigating the incident in question.
Based on preliminary results, the target of this strike was Hamas terrorist operatives.
The reported civilian causalities from this strike are a tragic outcome.
The investigation is ongoing.
It's been an emotionally exhausting day in Israel and Gaza as hopes for peace were raised then dashed then raised then dashed again.
In the court of international opinion, this is how Israel wins a battle and still manages to lose the war.
Until the Israelis and the Palestinians find a way of resolving the underlining conflict this will not be more than a pause.