The Israel Defense Forces released an audio recording Wednesday morning of what it said were two Islamic Jihad terrorists admitting responsibility for the Gaza City hospital bombing a day before that killed hundreds of people.
The clip, posted on X, is captioned “Islamic Jihad struck a Hospital in Gaza—the IDF did not. Listen to the terrorists as they realize this themselves.”
It was released as Hamas and Israel blamed each other for the attack on the Al Ahli Arab Hospital, which was crammed with Palestinians injured in retaliatory Israel airstrikes and residents seeking refuge.
“Is it from us?” one operative is heard asking on the recording, according to the IDF’s translation.
“It looks like it,” his cohort replies.
The purported members of Islamic Jihad — an arm of the ruling militant group Hamas — are then heard acknowledging that the shrapnel of the missile “are local pieces, and not Israeli shrapnel,” from rockets fired from the “cemetery behind the hospital.”
“But God bless, it couldn’t have found another place to explode?,” one of them asked.
Hamas leaders have fingered Israel and the US for the attack, while Israel claimed that a failed Islamic Jihad rocket launch resulted in the devastation, as leaders noted some 450 other rockets fired from Gaza had fallen short of Israel in the past week and a half.
As protesters blaming Israel took to the streets in Arab countries throughout the region, President Biden spoke alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv and said Israel was not to blame for the attack, citing “the data I was shown by my Defense Department.”
“Based on what I’ve seen, it appears as though it was done by the other team, not you,” Biden told Netanyahu.
Israel said its radar and an independent video depicted a misfired rocket barrage that caused a large explosion as it hit the hospital.
It also said the blast left no crater, as a deliberate strike would have.
The IDF’s audio post was met with widespread skepticism on X, as many users questioned the veracity of the high-quality recording and wondered why the military was now able to surveil Hamas operatives but was caught off guard by the group’s heinous and long-planned Oct. 7 surprise attack across the disputed border that killed more than 1,400.
The strike on the hospital was the deadliest single incident since war broke out following that onslaught. According to Gaza officials, it killed more than 500 people.
Before the hospital attack, Israeli strikes had killed at least 2,778 Palestinians and injured nearly 10,000 with 1,200 others thought to be buried under rubble, the Gaza Health Ministry said.
So @RashidaTlaib addressed a crowd of Hamas supporters outside the Capitol, lied and told them that Israel bombed a hospital in Gaza, and then these protesters stormed the Capitol. When will she be impeached and charged with felonies by Jack Smith? pic.twitter.com/RAqoI8HPA8
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) October 18, 2023
A mass Islamic prayer was held outside the prime minister’s residence in London to protest the Gaza hospital compound bombing. It was blamed on Israel. The gathering shut down traffic on Whitehall. pic.twitter.com/kA2WMxd5pQ
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