In a devastating incident following the Israel-Palestine conflict that has shaken the Gaza Strip, 500 people lost their lives when the Al-Ahli Baptist Hospital in northern Gaza was hit by a rocket and exploded. This incident has sparked a fierce debate regarding its cause.
Israel’s Defence Force (IDF) has stated that the explosion at the hospital was the result of a failed rocket launch by Hamas. According to their operational systems, a barrage of rockets was launched towards Israel, passing near the hospital when it was struck.
The IDF further claims that intelligence information from various sources points to the Islamic Jihad terrorist organization as being responsible for the failed rocket launch that hit the hospital.
However, Palestinian authorities strongly dispute this claim. They assert that the explosion was caused by an Israeli air strike. Live video footage from Al Jazeera Arabic appears to show a rocket being fired from Palestinian territory and hitting the hospital.
The IDF has announced that it is conducting an investigation into the incident, while Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has called for three days of public mourning to honor the victims of this tragedy.
Approximately 350 wounded individuals were rushed to Gaza City’s al-Shifa hospital following the explosion, highlighting the urgent need for medical assistance in the region.
Internationally, various countries and organizations have weighed in on the incident, each with their own perspective. Turkey, Iran, Jordan, Qatar, and the World Health Organization have labeled the event as an ‘attack,’ placing the blame on the Israeli air force. Meanwhile, the Israeli Foreign Ministry has continued to assert that a misfired rocket from Hamas was responsible for the catastrophic explosion.
As investigations and international discussions continue, the people of Gaza mourn the loss of hundreds of lives in this tragic event.