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IDF says lack of crater at hospital blast site proves it wasn’t behind strike

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

Screen capture from an IDF video that it says shows IDF ordnance did not cause a blast at the parking lot of Al-Ahli Baptist Hospital in Gaza, released on October 18, 2023. (screen capture)
Screen capture from an IDF video that it says shows IDF ordnance did not cause a blast at the parking lot of Al-Ahli Baptist Hospital in Gaza, released on October 18, 2023. (screen capture)

The Israel Defense Forces publishes drone footage that it says proves a deadly blast at the Al-Ahli Baptist Hospital in the Gaza Strip was not caused by its ordnance, which it says would have left a crater and not a burning parking lot and shrapnel-pocked roofs.

The video shows images of the hospital’s parking lot, where the blast struck, causing hundreds of casualties according to Hamas health officials.

The images show that a large fire was caused in the area as a result of the blast, but there is no crater. Israeli strikes generally leave large holes in the ground, the army says.

The drone footage also points to shrapnel that landed on the roof of the nearby buildings, which remain largely intact.

Israel has denied accusations that one of its airstrikes caused the blast and has instead blamed it on a failed rocket launched by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror group.

Other footage, including an Al Jazeera livestream, have appeared to further back Israel’s claim that a failed Gazan rocket caused the blast.

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