US intelligence shows that Israel was not responsible for an attack on a hospital in Gaza, the White House said on Wednesday, while President Joe Biden said it appeared to be the result of a misfired rocket fired by a “terrorist group”.
Biden is backing Israel’s insistence that it did not carry out Tuesday’s hospital attack that killed hundreds of people. The Palestinian group Hamas says Israel was responsible.
“While we continue to gather information, our current assessment, based on analysis of overhead images, intercepts and open source information, is that Israel is not responsible for yesterday’s Gaza hospital explosion,” said spokeswoman Adrienne Watson. National Security Council. social media.
US intelligence included satellite and infrared data showing the launch of a projectile from positions in Gaza, the New York Times reported, citing US officials.
Israeli officials had provided Washington with intercepted communications between Hamas officials, while US intelligence had also looked at open source video of the launch, the report said.
In Tel Aviv, during a brief visit to show solidarity with Israel after the Oct. 7 Hamas attacks, Biden told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that it appeared the attack was “done by the other team.”
The US president later issued a more forceful assignment of blame, saying that “based on the information we have seen so far, this appears to be the result of an errant rocket fired by a terrorist group in Gaza.”
He said the assessment was based on “data shown to me by my defense department.”
There was no immediate comment from the Pentagon.
The Hamas-controlled Health Ministry in Gaza said the hospital attack killed 471 people and sparked anger in the Arab and Muslim world.
Hamas said Tuesday after the explosion that the cause was an Israeli airstrike.
Israel has said the Islamic Jihad group caused the explosion with a misfired rocket.
Israel has been carrying out a campaign of air and artillery strikes on Gaza since the Hamas attack, shooting, stabbing or burning some 1,400 people and taking 199 hostages.
Health officials in Gaza say more than 3,400 people have been killed since the Israeli attack on the enclave.
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