The Agence France-Presse (AFP) news service reports that a European intelligence source estimates that there were at most 50 people killed at Al-Ahli Baptist Hospital in Gaza City, and not 500 as Hamas claimed (and as the media repeated during the ceremony). time).
As Breitbart News reported, Tuesday night’s explosion at the hospital turned out to be caused by an errant Palestinian rocket, not an Israeli airstrike, and the rocket hit the hospital parking lot, and not the building itself, although there were casualties.
What to Watch – Media Repeats Hamas Propaganda About Hospital Explosion; Israel shows evidence of responsibility for terrorist rocketJoel B. Pollak / Breitbart News
Today, reports AFP (via Times of Israel), the initial figure of 500 deaths – obtained with suspicious speed – may have been divided by ten:
A senior European intelligence source told AFP she estimates up to 50 people were killed in Tuesday’s explosion at Al-Ahli hospital in Gaza.
IDF spokesman Jonathan Conricus also disputed the Hamas-run ministry’s figures, asking: “Where are all the bodies?”
AFP correspondents saw dozens of bodies at the scene, with doctors and civilians recovering the bodies wrapped in white cloths, blankets or black plastic bags. Images of the hospital after the strike released by satellite monitoring group Maxar showed the hospital buildings appeared mostly intact.
The United States concluded that Israel was not responsible, although American intelligence assessments put the possible number of victims at a higher level, between 100 and 300.
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