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Deleted Israeli video adds confusion over Gaza hospital explosion

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Two official Israeli accounts on people.

The Hamas-run Palestinian Health Ministry said at least 500 people were killed by what it called an airstrike on the hospital, while Israeli officials said the explosion had was provoked by Islamic Jihad, a Palestinian group fighting alongside Hamas against Israel.

News week was not able to independently verify the number of casualties or the cause of the explosion.

Official X accounts for State of Israel and Michael Herzog, the Israeli ambassador to the United States, posted a video which purported to show that a rocket fired from Gaza had caused the hospital explosion.

However, the video was later removed from the accounts after Aric Toler, a journalist with the visual investigations team of The New York Timesdisputed the accuracy of the footage due to the video’s timestamp.

According to messages posted on X by Toler, timestamps on the video shared by Israeli accounts showed that it was recorded at least 40 minutes after the explosion.

Although Herzog’s Hospital Explosion Posts and State of Israel X-Posts still contain the original written messages, the video has since been removed from both accounts.

Toler’s post was not cited as the reason for the edit, and News week contacted the Israeli Embassy in the United States by email for comment Tuesday evening.

Palestinian citizens and emergency services search Tuesday for victims in buildings destroyed during Israeli raids in the southern Gaza Strip, in Khan Yunis. An explosion reportedly killed hundreds at a Gaza hospital the same day. Two official Israeli social media accounts posted a video claiming to show that a rocket fired from Gaza caused the hospital explosion, but the video was later deleted after a journalist raised questions about its accuracy.
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Israel Defense Forces (IDF) spokespersons Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari and Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus said the released video was not associated with the IDF, but with the Israeli Foreign Ministry.

“On our account, the Israeli army, none of this was published, and you will have to ask them what happened, why they published, why it was removed. I’m sure they are concerned about the accuracy and veracity of the information,” Conricus said in response to a News week question. “On our official accounts, nothing was published until the information was verified.”

He added: “We are unable to comment on anything not related to the IDF. »

While the IDF maintained that the explosion was the result of a failed Islamic Jihad rocket attack, several international non-governmental organizations joined Hamas in attributing the incident to an Israeli airstrike.

The governments of countries including Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and Turkey also denounced what they called Israeli aggression.



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