Hospitals in Gaza were also attacked, killing several people. France’s military intelligence agency (DRM) said on Friday that the explosion at a Gaza hospital was not caused by an Israeli missile attack but may have been caused by the failure of a Palestinian rocket.

Reuters, Paris. In recent days, fierce fighting is going on between Israel and Hamas. During this period many people died in both the countries. Hospitals in Gaza were also attacked, killing several people. Meanwhile, France’s military intelligence agency (DRM) said on Friday that the explosion at a Gaza hospital was not caused by an Israeli missile attack, but was probably caused by a failed Palestinian rocket.

471 people died in hospital explosion

Palestinian officials said Tuesday the explosion at al-Ahli al-Arabi hospital killed 471 people. Gaza’s health ministry blamed an Israeli airstrike, while Israel said the explosion was caused by a failed rocket launch by militants.

“There is no evidence that would allow us to say that this was an Israeli attack, but the most likely scenario is that Palestinian rockets were responsible for this incident,” the DRM said.

Israel not responsible for Gaza hospital bombing – DRM

A declassified US intelligence report seen by Reuters on Thursday said Israel was not responsible for the Gaza hospital bombing. It is estimated that 100 to 300 people were killed in this attack.

According to the DRM, the attack left a crater, which they said was small and not caused by an Israeli missile.

The DRM told reporters that the most likely hypothesis was a Palestinian rocket with an explosive charge of about 5 kilograms. He said Palestinian groups have small-caliber rockets carrying such explosives.

The DRM does not normally release such information, but given conflicting reports from those responsible, the DRM, following instructions from President Emmanuel Macron, decided to make its findings public.

It ruled out various possibilities, including fragments from Israel’s Iron Dome air defense system or intercepted missiles as the cause.

Hamas attacked Israel on October 7

Part of the analysis is based on open source material, including minor structural damage to the hospital, some broken windows, some destroyed vehicles, and relatively limited civilian objects at the blast site.

The DRM was unable to determine the exact point of departure of the failed rocket, nor did it place blame on any particular group. He declined to estimate the death toll but said the number was likely to be less than 471, given the impact.

Israel responded with an October 7 attack by Hamas gunmen that killed 1,400 Israelis and vowed to eliminate the group, putting the 2.3 million people living in Gaza under siege. The attacks on the enclave killed more than 4,100 people and left more than 1 million homeless. Israel is also preparing for a ground attack.