According to an extensive analysis conducted by the New York Times (NYT)’s visual investigations team, one of the key pieces of evidence Israel used to deny responsibility for the deadly Gaza hospital bombing may be irrelevant. The footage, initially taken by Al Jazeera and shared by the Israeli Foreign Ministry, shows a projectile flying above Gaza and exploding mid-air, with another blast on the ground. Israel claimed that the video shows a malfunctioning rocket launched by the Gaza-based Islamic Jihad group, which supposedly caused the deadly explosion at the Al-Ahli Arab Hospital.
However, the NYT analysts concluded that the mid-air blast depicted in the video could not have led to such devastating consequences since it took place around two miles away from the hospital. Therefore, it was an unrelated aspect of the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Gaza-based militant groups. The Israeli officials’ attempt to build their case upon this video complicates the straightforward narrative they have put forth.
The high-profile incident occurred when a major blast rocked a parking lot inside the hospital yard. Although the building itself did not sustain major damage, the explosion reportedly killed around 500 people who had sought refuge from the Israeli bombardment. Local health authorities provided this information.
The NYT synchronized the Al Jazeera footage with five other videos taken at the same time, including those filmed by an Israeli television station and a CCTV camera in Tel Aviv. These additional clips provided different angles of the mid-air incident. The paper’s analysts triangulated the launch point in the videos using satellite imagery and determined that the projectile was fired towards Gaza from Israel. However, they were unable to identify the exact type of projectile seen in the video.
Prior to the NYT’s analysis, groups of journalists and analysts from various organizations had already questioned the Israeli narrative based on the video. Al Jazeera and Channel 4 studied the footage and concluded that the flash seen in the video was consistent with Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system intercepting a missile fired from Gaza and destroying it mid-air.
The NYT’s analysis adds further doubt to Israel’s claims about the hospital bombing. By discrediting the video that was initially used as evidence, Israel’s denial of responsibility becomes less credible. This development raises more questions about what exactly happened at the hospital and highlights the need for an independent investigation into the incident.
In conclusion, the New York Times’ visual investigations team has found that the video evidence used by Israel to deny responsibility for the Gaza hospital bombing is irrelevant to the case. The analysis shows that the mid-air blast depicted in the video could not have caused the devastating consequences at the hospital. Questions remain about the true cause of the explosion, and further scrutiny and independent investigations are necessary to establish the facts of the incident.