Israel military intelligence chief Major General Aharon Haliva quits over 7 October | BBC News

The Israeli military’s chief intelligence chief has resigned, saying he took responsibility for the failures before Hamas’s attack on Israel on 7 October.

According to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), Major General Aharon Haliva will retire once his successor is selected. He is the first senior figure to step down over the attack, which were the deadliest in Israel’s history.

Israeli military and intelligence officials missed or ignored multiple warnings before hundreds of Hamas gunmen breached the Gaza border fence on 7 October, and attacked nearby Israeli communities, military bases and a music festival.

About 1,200 Israelis and foreigners – mostly civilians – were killed and 253 others were taken back to Gaza as hostages, according to Israeli tallies.

Israel responded by launching its most intense ever war in Gaza, during which more than 34,000 Palestinians – most of them children and women – have been killed, according to the Hamas-run health ministry.

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