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New York Times dissects widely circulated Gaza hospital attack evidence video, ‘casts doubt on Israel’s claims'

Oct 25, 2023 11:40 AM IST

NYT investigation raises doubts about evidence in Gaza hospital explosion

Amid growing criticism over its coverage of the recent attack on a Gaza hospital that reportedly led to multiple casualties New York Times has come out with an analysis to dissect what actually led to the blast and is the narrative set by Israel correct. Its detailed analysis of the visuals available of the missile attack sheds doubt on the widely cited evidence.

A girl carries blankets as she walks past the site of a deadly explosion at al-Ahli hospital in Gaza City(AP)
A girl carries blankets as she walks past the site of a deadly explosion at al-Ahli hospital in Gaza City(AP)

New York Times report claims, the examination of a recent explosion at the Al-Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza City has unveiled a discrepancy in the narrative surrounding the incident. Initially, Israeli and American officials attributed the blast to a malfunctioning Palestinian rocket, based on a video clip from an Al Jazeera broadcast on the night of October 17. However, it further claims there is a discrepancy in series of visuals leading to worldwide narrative set on the attack.

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Israeli authorities and Hamas terrorists have pinned the blame on each other for the Al-Ahli Arab explosion and several videos circulating on the internet show that militants were firing dozens of rockets from southwest of the hospital minutes before the blast.

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Times report adds a disclaimer, ‘The Times’s finding does not answer what actually did cause the Al-Ahli Arab hospital blast, or who is responsible. But the Times analysis does cast doubt on one of the most-publicized pieces of evidence that Israeli officials have used to make their case and complicates the straightforward narrative they have put forth.’

The footage, initially interpreted to showcase a Palestinian rocket causing the deadly explosion at the hospital, has been re-evaluated by The NYT. Their analysis concluded that the projectile seen in the video detonated in the sky about two miles away from the hospital, portraying an unrelated episode of the ongoing skirmish across the Israeli-Gaza border that night.

This analysis by The NYT doesn't unveil the actual cause or the responsible party for the Al-Ahli Arab hospital blast but questions the straightforward narrative previously put forth, especially by Israeli officials.

Further investigations by The NYT into the multiple videos from the night of the explosion show Palestinian militants firing rockets from southwest of the hospital minutes before the blast. Additionally, the evidence suggests Israeli bombardment was ongoing, and two explosions near the hospital were recorded within two minutes of the hospital being struck.

This narrative becomes more complicated as both Israeli and U.S. intelligence agencies maintain their stance that a Palestinian rocket was responsible for the hospital explosion. Despite the conflicting interpretations of the Al Jazeera video footage between American intelligence and The NYT, the quest for real evidence continues amidst a complex scenario of ongoing hostilities.

The extensive scrutiny by The NYT involved synchronizing the Al Jazeera footage with five other videos, utilizing satellite imagery to triangulate the launch point, ultimately tracing the projectile back to Israeli territory. However, the type of projectile remains unidentified. These findings contradict the initial narrative and highlight the intricate nature of unfolding events in the conflict-ridden region.

New York Times screengrab showing the range of missile trajectory
New York Times screengrab showing the range of missile trajectory

The examination of this incident underscores the broader challenges in discerning the real reason amid a high-stakes, emotionally charged conflict. The varying interpretations of evidence, as showcased by the differing conclusions drawn from the Al Jazeera video, reflect the broader narrative of an ever-evolving, multifaceted conflict where every piece of evidence can potentially tip the scale of public opinion and political stance.

This report is curated based on an article from The New York Times, which provides a detailed visual analysis concerning a significant incident in the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict.

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