ISRAEL BLAMES HAMAS FOR HOSPITAL ATTACK
Israel has denied it was behind an attack on a Gaza hospital that Hamas officials say killed at least 800 people. In the aftermath of the attack, a summit between Joe Biden and Arab leaders in Jordan has been cancelled, plunging the president’s visit to the region into further chaos.
Hamas leader blames US for the hospital attack
The leader of Hamas has said that the US “holds the responsibility of the hospital attack because of the cover it gives to Israeli aggression”.
Ismail Haniyeh called on all Palestinian people to “get out and confront the occupation and the settlers”.
He called the attack a “massacre” and a “new turning point” in the conflict.
Haniyeh added: “Anyone who supports Israel is responsible for the violations in Gaza.
“If the enemy thinks that these massacres will hide his great defeat or force our people to surrender, he is mistaken.”
ISRAELI DEFENCE FORCE says ‘it is clear the hospital was hit by a failed rocket launched by Islamic Jihad’
The IDF says it has confirmed a rocket launched by Islamic Jihad is responsible for the hit on the hospital in Gaza
In a statement the Israeli military claimed that “following an additional review and cross-examination of the operational and intelligence systems, it is clear that the IDF did not strike the hospital in Gaza”.
It added: “The hospital was hit as a result of a failed rocket launched by the Islamic Jihad terrorist organisation.
“The terrorist organisations within the Gaza Strip fire indiscriminately toward Israel.
“Since the beginning of the war, approximately 450 rockets launched toward Israel have fallen within Gaza, endangering and harming the lives of Gazan residents.”
Martin Wall in Washington reports:
President Joe Biden’s comments that the Gaza hospital explosion appeared to have been carried out by “the other team” were based on assessments given to him by his own military experts in the Pentagon, the US media pool is reporting.
Asked what specifically made him confident the Israelis weren’t behind the hospital explosion, he said it was “the data I was shown by my defense department”.
The Hamas-run Gaza health ministry said in a statement on Wednesday that 471 Palestinians were killed and more than 314 wounded at the Al-Ahli al-Arabi hospital in Tuesday night’s blast, Reuters reports.
Palestinian officials have blamed an Israeli air strike for the blast. Israel has said the explosion was caused by a failed rocket launch by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad militant group, which has denied blame.