The Israeli Defense Force (IDF) has publicly refuted claims that it was behind the recent explosion at Al-Ahli Hospital in Gaza that resulted in hundreds of fatalities.
In a move to set the record straight, they presented evidence they believe underscores their non-involvement in the incident.
Daniel Hagari, the spokesperson for the IDF, during a press conference on Wednesday morning, asserted that there's no concrete evidence pointing towards an aerial strike on the hospital by Israeli forces.
He explained, "If the IDF were responsible, there would have been a crater and structural damages to the surrounding buildings. But the walls are still intact."
The IDF contends that the explosion was the result of a botched strike by the militant Palestinian organization, Islamic Jihad, based in Gaza.
Despite the IDF's claims, no independent body has yet evaluated the veracity and weight of the presented evidence.
Meanwhile, Islamic Jihad, which is recognized as a terrorist organization by both the EU and the US, denies the Israeli account. Both Hamas and Islamic Jihad point fingers squarely at Israel for the tragic event.
The Palestinian health authorities report that the explosion has claimed at least 500 lives, with rescue efforts ongoing to locate more victims.
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