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October 22, 2023 12:59 pm

Israel Did Not Strike Gaza Hospital, Canada Says

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People inspect the area of Al-Ahli hospital where hundreds of Palestinians were killed in a blast that Israeli and Palestinian officials blamed on each other, and where Palestinians who fled their homes were sheltering amid the ongoing conflict with Israel, in Gaza City, October 18, 2023. Photo: REUTERS/Ahmed Zakot

Canada’s National Department of Defense said on Saturday that Israel was not behind the Al-Ahli hospital strike in Gaza on Oct. 17.

“Analysis conducted independently by the Canadian Forces Intelligence Command indicates with a high degree of confidence that Israel did not strike the Al-Ahli hospital on 17 October 2023,” it said in a statement.

The strike was more likely caused by an errant rocket fired from Gaza, the Defense department said based on analysis of open source and classified reporting.

Canada’s findings are similar to conclusions by France and the U.S.

Canada said its assessment is informed by an analysis of the blast damage to the hospital complex, including adjacent buildings and the area surrounding the hospital, as well as the flight pattern of the incoming munition.

Palestinian officials said 471 people were killed in the blast at Al-Ahli al-Arabi Hospital on Tuesday. Gaza’s Hamas-controlled health ministry blamed an Israeli air strike, while Israel said the blast was caused by a failed rocket launch by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror group. Western intelligence analysts have said the number killed was far fewer than what Palestinian officials claimed.

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