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Deadly blast in Jabaliya ‘unequivocally’ a failed Islamic Jihad rocket — officials

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

An explosion that rocked the Jabaliya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip, killing at least four children, was a failed Palestinian Islamic Jihad rocket launch, officials say.

According to a military official, the Israel Defense Forces did not conduct any airstrike in the area at the time of the blast.

The official says the IDF detected the launch on its radar systems and saw it land in the area.

“We have videos that prove beyond any doubt that this is not an Israeli attack. It has been unequivocally proven that it was a failed Islamic Jihad rocket launch,” another Israeli official says.

According to the IDF, some 90 rockets fell short in the Gaza Strip since Friday.

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