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JERUSALEM (Reuters) - An Israeli air strike which killed four United Nations military observers at their base in Lebanon was due to an error with military maps of the area, an investigation by Israel said on Thursday.
...He said maps of the area had been duplicated due to the deployment of more troops in the area.
"There was a mishap on the Israeli side where in duplication of maps, the U.N. position on the maps was not marked as it should have been and that created the tragedy," Regev said.
Regev said the investigation found that about 100 meters (yards) from the U.N. position there was a Hizbollah position where there was "hostile activity."
"Ordinance was launched on the assumption of the Hizbollah target," he said. "Had the IDF (Israeli military) known that the position targeted was a U.N. position, ordnance would never have been launched."
"There was a mistake made whereby the U.N. position did not appear clearly as it should," he said, adding the report had been passed on to U.N. investigators.
The U.N. has said it asked Israel a dozen times to stop bombing near the post in the hours before the attack.
Israel at the time expressed deep regret and said the deaths resulted from a "tragic operational mistake."