PM Modi condemns explosion at Gaza hospital

Debjit Mukherjee: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday expressed deep shock at the tragic loss of lives at the Al Ahli Hospital in Gaza and condemned civilian casualties in the ongoing conflict. “Deeply shocked at the tragic loss of lives at the Al Ahli Hospital in Gaza. Our heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims, and prayers for speedy recovery of those injured. Civilian casualties in the ongoing conflict are a matter of serious and continuing concern. Those involved should be held responsible,” PM Modi tweeted.

On Wednesday, a hospital in Gaza came under attack killing hundreds, including children. While Hamas blamed Israel for the attack, the Israeli Defence Forces blamed the Palestinian Group Islamic Jihad behind the attack which Islamic Jihad denied. Israeli forces shared before and after video, results of an analysis to show that it was a misfire on the part of Islamic Jihad and the casualty has been inflated by Hamas to blame Israel. The IDF claimed since it was a misfire, there was not much damage to the hospital structure and the buildings around which would not be the case had it been an attack. The target was Israel, but the rocket did not launch successfully and fell on the hospital, Israel claimed.