At least five hundred people are known to be dead after Israel ALLEGEDLY targeted Al-Ahli Gaza Baptist Hospital with an air strike.
Developing . . .
The Israel Armed Forces say they are looking into what caused the explosion at that hospital. They are suggesting a HAMAS Missile may have fallen short.
(HT Remark: Just to be clear: If Israel attacked this hospital it would be a massive war crime and could set the region on fire. Nothing can ever justify such an attack.)
In turn, the Israeli media put forward a different version of events: a Hamas unguided rocket veered off its launch course and hit a hospital where there was a secret ammunition depot, which detonated.— NEXTA (@nexta_tv) October 17, 2023
Below is raw video of what is said to be the ACTUAL Missile strike. In the video, the deep rumble of war plane engines CAN be heard.
Within seconds, the high-speed whistle sound of an in-flight missile can CLEARLY be heard. Then . . . impact.
This was no "ammo depot explosion" this was a missile hit.
⚡️Footage from the Baptist Hospital massacre in Gaza. pic.twitter.com/ALMMzY2QMq— War Monitor (@WarMonitors) October 17, 2023
In the grand scheme of things it doesn't really matter what blew up the hospital. That'll be for the Intel people and we'll find out in 30 years.
Right now everyone involved has already made up their mind, and will be reacting accordingly.
UPDATE 2:51 PM EDT --
There is now video footage which, if true, seems to prove the missile which struck the hospital was a mis-firing HAMAS missile.
UPDATE: THE FOOTAGE ALLEGEDLY SHOWING A MISSILE MIS-FIRE IS FROM THREE YEARS AGO. (HT REMARK: As you are all aware, there is an awful lot of deception and intentional mis-direction going on in this war situation. Endeavoring to get the FACTS is a very hard process right now. Doing the best I can to be FACTUAL.)
Mahmoud Basal, head of Gaza's civil defense on Al Jazeera is in hysterics: Hundreds of dead, men, women, children in pieces in Israeli hospital attack. More than 500 dead. He says "we've never seen anything like it." Women and children without heads, bodies in pieces.— Ali Abunimah is now on bluesky (@AliAbunimah) October 17, 2023
UH OH . . .
🚨 The Israeli spokesman is stating that the IDF had given sufficient warning concerning the Al Ahli Baptist Hospital to enable its evacuation. #IsraelPalestineWar— Pyotr Kurzin (@PKurzin) October 17, 2023
Israel Defense Forces spokesman Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari says Israel verifying reports of a strike on a hospital in Gaza.
Hagari says he does not have all the information yet, and further details will be provided when possible.
He says he does not know yet if the blast, reportedly causing hundreds of casualties, was an Israeli strike.
"There are a lot of airstrikes, a lot of failed rockets, and a lot of fake reports by Hamas," Times of Israel quoted Adm. Harari as saying.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has declared three days of mourning for the victims of a strike on a hospital in the Gaza Strip, WAFA reported.