The Gaza Health Ministry has revised the death toll in the recent explosion at a Gaza City hospital down to 471 from the initial report of 500. However, the ministry did not provide further details on how they arrived at this figure.
The devastating blast had resulted in numerous dismembered bodies, making it difficult for staff members at al-Ahli Hospital to accurately gauge the toll. Both Suhaila Tarazi, the hospital director, and Episcopal Church officials who oversee al-Ahli could only estimate that the number of casualties was "in the hundreds" without providing an exact count.
Meanwhile, Mohammed Abu Selmia, the general director of Shifa Hospital, where all the wounded and deceased were transferred following the explosion, believes that the death toll is actually closer to 250. He also mentioned that there are hundreds more wounded individuals.
During his visit to Israel for meetings with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his war cabinet, U.S. President Joe Biden shared the initial independent analysis conducted by the U.S. The analysis suggests that a rocket, originating from within Gaza, had deviated from its course and triggered the tragic explosion.
Biden’s Support for Israel’s Defense
In the wake of recent events, President Biden has expressed his intention to request an unprecedented support package from Congress for Israel's defense. During a conversation with Prime Minister Netanyahu, the President acknowledged the Israeli Defense Forces' claim that a terrorist group was responsible for the incident. However, it is important to note that demonstrations across the Middle East and beyond have pointed fingers at Israel.
According to NBC, two U.S. officials from the Defense Department have determined that the projectile striking the hospital complex aligns with weapons commonly used by the terrorist group Islamic Jihad. It is worth mentioning that the strike occurred in a parking lot rather than directly hitting a hospital building.
The President was scheduled to attend a summit of regional leaders in Amman, Jordan following his visit to Israel; however, this gathering has been postponed.
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