Following the devastating explosion at the Gaza Strip hospital, which has raised a storm of outrage and accusations against Israel, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) strongly denied any involvement
The incident in question revolved around Al-Ahli Baptist Hospital, struck by a powerful blast that resulted in substantial loss of life. While Palestinians and numerous Arab countries swiftly pointed fingers at Israel, condemning them for allegedly targeting the medical facility and causing over 500 casualties, IDF conducted a thorough investigation and denied their involvement.
1. Accusations Abound: The explosion at Al-Ahli Baptist Hospital led to a wave of outrage, with accusations against Israel flying from various quarters, including Jordan, Turkey, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia.
2. Hamas Labels it a “War Crime”: Hamas decried the explosion as a “war crime,” a sentiment echoed by the World Health Organization.
3. IDF Denies Involvement: In a surprising turn of events, the IDF refuted any involvement in the hospital blast, citing evidence that a rocket misfire by Islamic Jihad was responsible for the tragedy.
4. Israeli Response: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu emphasized that Gaza-based terrorists were behind the attack, not the IDF. He condemned the violence and accused terrorists of targeting innocent children.
5. President Isaac Herzog’s Stand: Herzog branded the accusations as a “blood libel,” stating that Islamic Jihad was to blame. He condemned the media for spreading what he referred to as a “21st-century blood libel” propagated by Hamas and Islamic Jihad.
6. International Responses: Despite Israel’s denial, Arab and Muslim countries continued to accuse Israel, with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas declaring days of mourning.
7. Diplomatic Fallout: A planned summit between U.S. President Joe Biden and regional leaders was cancelled due to the days of mourning announced by Abbas.
8. Ongoing Protests: Hundreds of Palestinians protested throughout the West Bank, expressing discontent with Abbas’s perceived inaction. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Arab League chief Ahmed Aboul Gheit called for Western intervention to stop the tragedy.
9. The Ongoing Conflict: The situation has been ongoing for 11 days, with hostilities initiated by Hamas on October 7, resulting in significant casualties. The international community hopes for an end to the violence and a path towards peace in the region.