Four Palestinian children killed 'after misfiring terror rocket hits Gaza home'

IDF says video proves tragic deaths were wrongly blamed on Israel


Residents and Palestinian police officers assess the damage in the Jabalia refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip, on August 7, 2022. - Gaza's health ministry blamed "Israeli aggression" for the deaths of civilians, that also included "an elderly woman", and for the 203 people wounded in Jabalia. But an Israeli government statement yesterday denied blame for the strike, that reportedly killed children, insisting that a rocket fired by Gaza militants towards Israel had fallen short. (Photo by MAHMUD HAMS / AFP) (Photo by MAHMUD HAMS/AFP via Getty Images)

Four Palestinian children died yesterday after a terrorist rocket misfired and fell back onto their home in Gaza, according to the IDF.

They were among a total seven deaths in a residence in the Jabaliya refugee camp.

As images of body bags were shared on social media, reports in Palestinian news media blamed an air strike by the IDF.

However, Israeli military officials denied that was the case and insisted there had been no air air strikes in the area at the time.

The IDF issued a video which they said showed a rocket failing to cross into Israel and crashing into the Jabaliya refugee camp.

Officials said the clips “prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that this incident was not the result of an Israel Defense Forces’ strike. Israeli security forces did not strike in Jabaliya in the past few hours.”

According to a detailed chronology from the IDF, the blast in the refugee camp happened at around 9pm, in the northeastern part of Gaza. Israel had targeted only the northwestern part of the Strip at 6.51pm.

The IDF says that some 120 of around 600 rockets launched at Israel by Palestinian Islamic Jihad since Friday fell inside Gaza.

On Sunday, another blast in Jabaliya reportedly killed two people and wounded eight others. The IDF again blamed a failed rocket launch, saying it did not strike in that area at the time of the blast.

The IDF said. “All fire by the Islamic Jihad terrorist organization is a double war crime: it is shooting at civilians, and using Gazan civilians as human shields.”

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