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August 5th, 2014
05:49 PM ET

IDF spokesman: Arrest made in kidnapping, murder of three Israeli teens

(CNN) – An arrest has been made in connection to the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teens, an IDF spokesman confirmed in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper.

"I don't know to what level of involvement he has in the incident," Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, spokesman for the Israel Defense Forces said.

The kidnapping and killing of the teens in many ways started this current crisis in the Middle East.

Nearly 1,900 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza during the conflict, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry. It's unclear how many were militants. The United Nations estimates that about 70% of the dead were civilians. But the IDF says about 900 militants were killed.

"Our method as far as this is concerned is based on two components. First of those those that we struck from the air with our air force. Second the reports of the troops coming out in the last 24 hours reporting their type of actions. That's why it's a round figure. It's an assessment, not an accurate figure," said Lerner.

Still, even if the disputed number of militants killed is right, that still means at least 900 innocent civilians were killed, less than 70 of them Israeli.

Many people, including supporters of Israel, find that number horrifying and unacceptable, and believe Israel was excessive in its use of force.

"We do not target civilians intentionally. The situation is such that when you are operating, when we're operating on the ground, it's a war down there," said Lerner.

For more of our interview with IDF spokesman Peter Lerner, check out the video above.

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