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Palestinian, Israeli Authorities Trade Blames Over Fatal Gaza Hospital Bombing

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Scene at Al-Ahli al-Arabi Hospital/ⓒReuters

A rocket strike killed hundreds of people at a hospital in Gaza on Tuesday, pitching Israel against Palestine in what is fast becoming the worst blame trade since Hamas’s surprise attack on Israel on 7 October.

A Gaza civil defense chief said 300 people were killed in the air strike, while health ministry sources put the figure at 500.

Rescue workers struggled to remove bodies from the rubble on Wednesday morning.

The Palestinian Authority's health minister, Mai Alkaila, accused Israel of carrying out the massacre" at Al-Ahli al-Arabi Hospital, but Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, said "barbaric terrorists" in Gaza were behind the attack.

An Israeli military spokesperson further said a rocket fired by an Iran-backed Islamist group passed by the hospital at the time of the strike, hitting the facility's parking lot.

The Islamic Jihad denied the allegation.

The incident has triggered protests in the occupied West Bank, Istanbul, and Amman.

Several countries have also condemned it.


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