Israel says failed rocket launch by Gaza terrorists killed several Palestinian children

A rocket launched by Palestinian terrorists on Saturday missed and hit a Palestinian home in the northern Gaza Strip, killing several people, including children, Israeli military officials said.

Initial reports from Gaza claimed that 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 Defense Forces had not carried out any airstrikes in the area in recent hours and that rocket detection systems showed the rocket launching and then exploding inside the refugee camp. .

“On our radar we see the launch and the impact and we can see that it was them that were stranding and hitting each other,” a spokesperson said.

A second official added: “We have videos which prove beyond any doubt that this was not an Israeli attack. It has been unequivocally proven to be a failed Islamic Jihad rocket launch.

Israeli media released a video shared on social media which they 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.

Head of the Public Diplomacy Directorate of the Prime Minister’s Office, Elad Tene, added: “All shooting by the Islamic Jihad terrorist organization is a double war crime: shooting civilians and using civilians in Gaza. as human shields.

“This incident is an example of Islamic Jihad hurting the people of Gaza. Any harm done to innocent civilians is tragic.

Prime Minister Yair Lapid’s international spokeswoman, Keren Hajioff, released a video statement, saying: “Tonight, Islamic Jihad terrorists fired a rocket towards Israel that failed inside Gaza, hitting a house Palestinians in the Jabaliya neighborhood and tragically killing at least four children. There is a video documenting the whole thing. There was no Israeli activity in the Gaza Strip, in that area or at that time.

“Islamic Jihad kills Palestinian children in Gaza. One in four rockets fired from Gaza into Israel – lands inside the Gaza Strip,” she added. “The world should be outraged by this terrorist group targeting innocent Israelis and killing innocent Gazans. Israel will continue to oppose this vicious terrorist organization – which threatens Israelis and Palestinians alike.

Palestinian terrorists have launched more than 350 rockets at Israel since Friday as part of a flare-up between the parties. According to the IDF, some 90 rockets have landed in the Gaza Strip since Friday.

The Israeli Air Force has carried out numerous strikes in Gaza targeting the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror group as part of Operation Breaking Dawn launched on Friday to tackle what Israeli leaders have described as an immediate concrete threat PIJ for Israeli communities.

The operation was launched after several days of closures and lockdowns in Israeli communities near the Strip due to warnings of an impending attack, with the PIJ seeking revenge for the arrest of its West Bank leader earlier in the year. the week.

Israeli leaders said the operation began because the PIJ refused to back down from its plans to attack Israeli targets on the border. The Israel Defense Forces killed an Islamic Jihad commander and members of a terror cell that the IDF spokesman said were preparing to “mow down” Israelis near the Gaza border.

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