A rocket launched by Palestinian terror operatives Saturday misfired and hit a Palestinian home in the Strip’s north, killing several people including children, Israeli military officials said.
Initial reports from Gaza claimed an Israeli strike in the Jabaliya refugee camp had killed seven civilians, including four children. Photos circulating on social media showed seven body bags.
But military officials said the Israel Defence Forces had not conducted any airstrike in the area in recent hours, and that rocket detection systems had shown the rocket launch and then explode inside the refugee camp.
“On our radar, we see the launch and impact and can see it was them failing and hitting themselves,” a spokesman said.
A second official added: “We have videos that prove beyond any doubt that this is not an Israeli attack. It has been unequivocally proven that it was a failed Islamic Jihad rocket launch.”
Israeli media outlets aired a video shared on social media that it said appeared to show the failed launch, citing the time and location it was taken. The authenticity of the video could not be independently confirmed.
صاروخ يرتد على حركة الجهاد الاسلامي بعد
محاوله فاشله لاطلاقه على اسرائيل.
انا صراحةً مستغرب من المقطع و ابي اعرف