Israel denies killing 500 in hospital bombing in Gaza, blames Islamic Jihad group


GAZA WAR – Israel has denied it was responsible for the blast at a hospital in Gaza that the Hamas claimed killed at least 500 people and had more trapped under rubble.

Intelligence information revealed that the strike which hit al-Ahli Hospital in Gaza City was a rocket misfired by Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorists, the Israeli army had claimed.

Islamic Jihad Spokesperson however had said this was ‘completely incorrect’ and accused the IDF of ‘trying to cover for the horrifying crime and massacre they committed against civilians, reported the UK Mail Online.

Video from the hospital showed fire engulfing the building and the hospital’s grounds strewn with bodies, many of them young children.

Hundreds of people were reportedly seeking shelter at the hospital at the time of the blast, which Hamas had called a ‘horrific massacre’ and a ‘crime of genocide’.

About 6,000 Palestinians were sheltering at the hospital, which is reportedly funded by the Anglican Church.

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The carnage came as the US tried to convince Israel to allow the delivery of supplies to desperate civilians, aid groups and hospitals in the tiny Gaza Strip, which had been under a complete siege since the deadly rampage by Hamas in southern Israel.

It also came a day before US President Joe Biden was due to visit the region to show support for Israel and try to prevent the war from spreading.

Palestine’s president Mahmoud Abbas was understood to have cancelled the meeting with Biden in protest over the airstrike.

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