IDF: Shifa blast caused by errant Palestinian missile fired at troops operating near hospital

People gather around an ambulance damaged in an Israeli airstrike in front of Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City on November 3, 2023. The IDF said it struck an ambulance that was being used by a Hamas cell, and killed several Hamas operatives. (MOMEN AL-HALABI / AFP)
People gather around an ambulance damaged in an Israeli airstrike in front of Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City on November 3, 2023. The IDF said it struck an ambulance that was being used by a Hamas cell, and killed several Hamas operatives. (MOMEN AL-HALABI / AFP)

The IDF’s Arabic spokesperson Avichay Adraee says a blast at the Shifa hospital in Gaza City was caused by an errant missile launched by a Palestinian terror group after the medical center’s director blamed Israel.

The terrorists were trying to target Israeli forces operating near the hospital, missed and struck the medical center itself, Adrae says, citing “an analysis of the IDF’s operational systems.”

The hospital received the bodies of another 50 people killed in a strike on Gaza City’s Al-Buraq school, the Al-Shifa director said.

Shifa’s director and Gaza’s Hamas government say the death toll in the blast was 13.

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society said Israeli snipers had also shot at Al-Quds hospital, killing at least one person. AFP could not immediately confirm the tolls.

Israeli forces would “kill” Hamas militants if they saw them “firing from hospitals,” military spokesman Richard Hecht said.

Another blast at Gaza City’s Al-Buraq school was said to kill 50 people, including Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh’s granddaughter.

Israel has not commented on that blast.

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