IDF Releases Audio Of Hamas Admitting Islamic Jihad Fired The Rocket That Struck Near Hospital
This aerial view shows people standing before destroyed buildings at the site of the Ahli Arab hospital in central Gaza on October 18, 2023 in the aftermath of an overnight strike there. A blast ripped through a hospital in war-torn Gaza killing hundreds of people late on October 17, sparking global condemnation and angry protests around the Muslim world. Israel and Palestinians traded blame for the incident, which an "outraged and deeply saddened" US President Joe Biden denounced while en route to the Middle East.
SHADI AL-TABATIBI / AFP via Getty Images

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) released evidence on Wednesday that refuted claims that Israel bombed a hospital inside Gaza and showed that Hamas members were admitting privately that Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorists caused the explosion.

The Hamas-run Palestinian Health Ministry, which has a history of deception, claimed that 500+ people were killed by an Israeli airstrike that hit Al Ahli hospital inside Gaza City.

However, evidence released by Israel shows that the hospital was not even hit—the explosion took place in the parking lot outside of the hospital.

The IDF, which released information on Tuesday indicating that the hospital was hit while Palestinian terrorists were firing rockets at Israel, showed drone footage from where the Palestinian rocket exploded in the hospital’s parking lot. The IDF showed that there was no impact crater anywhere in the parking lot, which would not be the case if a bomb caused the explosion. The video showed a side-by-side comparison of the impact craters that are left behind after Israel conducts an airstrike.

The IDF then released communications it intercepted from Hamas terrorists discussing the explosion.

In the audio, the Hamas terrorists state that terrorists from the Palestinian Islamic Jihad were responsible for launching the rocket that hit near the hospital.

“I’m telling you this is the first time that we see a missile like this falling and so that’s why we are saying it belongs to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad,” a Hamas member states to another Hamas terrorist. “They are saying it belongs to Palestinian Islamic Jihad.”

The Hamas member says that the shrapnel that was found at the blast site from the rocket was not the kind of shrapnel left behind by Israeli munitions. They said the Palestinian Islamic Jihad fired the rocket from a cemetery located behind the hospital.

The IDF redacted the names of Hamas members speaking to each other.


Photos taken from journalists on the ground also showed no craters anywhere and all the surrounding buildings still intact.

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