COGAT chief tells Palestinian Maan news that the explosions at Shifa hospital, Al-Shati refugee camp were caused by failed Islamic Jihad rocket fire • Israeli doctors offer rebuttal to claims in Lancet medical journal of Israeli war crimes in Gaza.
Rockets launched toward Israel by Gaza terrorists failed and hit Shifa hospital and Al-Shati refugee camp within Gaza on Monday, the Israel Defense Forces said.
Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, told the Palestinian Maan news agency on Monday that the deaths of several children in Al-Shati camp and the damage at Shifa Hospital were caused by a failed Islamic Jihad rocket attack against Israel. The rockets were fired from the direction of Tel al-Hawa in Gaza.
Hamas and Islamic Jihad claimed that at least 10 people were killed in the blasts, alleging they were caused by an Israeli Air Force strike on a park in Al-Shati refugee camp. The terror groups rejected the IDF's claim that the blasts were caused by failed rocket launches.
According to Palestinians reports, IAF aircraft bombed Shifa hospital. Hospital officials told Arab media that several Palestinians had been killed, including children, and dozens wounded.
Meanwhile, Israel issued a formal response to an open letter published in The Lancet medical journal that accused Israel of committing war crimes in Gaza. Health Ministry Director-General Professor Arnon Ofek and Israel Medical Association Chairman Dr. Leonid Eidelman sent a joint letter responding to claims of a "massacre."
"This is a political manifesto unrelated to medicine, which found its way to this renowned medical journal. We were shocked that The Lancet allowed this clearly political and biased piece to be published," Eidelman and Ofek wrote.
"The only veracious claim in the article is that the residents of Gaza are suffering. The Hamas government invested billions to dig tunnels whose purpose is to carry out terrorist attacks, as well as to purchase rockets, instead of building infrastructure for the welfare of Gazan residents. As doctors and human beings, we mourn the loss of life of either Palestinians or Israelis."
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