Palestinian terrorists are bombing their own people, as 700 of the rockets fired from Gaza by Hamas and other terror groups land in Gaza. The explosions kill innocent Palestinian civilians whose deaths are subsequently blamed on Israel.
The Israeli Defense force concluded Wednesday that a Palestinian family of 8 in the Beit Hanoun area was killed by a Palestinian misfired rocket, not an Israeli airstrike which was initially reported.
The Associated Press reported:
Israeli military officials say a mysterious explosion that killed eight members of a Palestinian family on the first day of the current round of fighting in the Gaza Strip was caused by a misfired Palestinian rocket, not an Israeli airstrike.
Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, a military spokesman, said the rocket was launched in Gaza and fell inside Gaza and killed “almost an entire family.” Conricus added that “this wasn’t an Israeli attack.”
A senior military officer on Wednesday said the incident was investigated, and Israel did not strike the Beit Hanoun area where the family members were killed that night.
The officer said a total of 700 rockets — roughly one-fifth of the total launched by Palestinian militants — failed to reach Israel and landed inside Gaza. He provided no further estimates on how many Palestinians had been harmed by errant rocket fire. The officer spoke on condition of anonymity under military briefing guidelines.
Last week, the IDF posted on Twitter video footage of a misfired Palestinian rocket launch that landed in Gaza.
WATCH as a Hamas rocket aimed at Israel misfires and falls back into Gaza.
But this isn't the 1st time—Hamas misfired 350 rockets in the last 3 days.
These rockets result in the deaths of innocent Gazan civilians.
It's time for the world to hold Hamas accountable. pic.twitter.com/vmhmXTZrl6
— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) May 13, 2021
Palestinians bombarding their own people is a frequent occurrence in the ongoing war. For more than a decade, human rights organizations have recognized that Palestinian rockets aimed at Israeli civilians — itself a war crime — also put Palestinian civilians in danger. Human Rights Watch — which is considered to have an anti-Israel bias — noted in 2009:
The unpredictable nature of the crude rockets has meant that rockets have struck areas not only inside Israel but also inside Gaza; on December 26 a rocket hit a house in Beit Lahiya, killing two Palestinian girls, ages 5 and 12. In addition, Hamas and other Palestinian armed groups have frequently violated the laws of war by firing rockets from within populated areas. In doing so, they failed to take all feasible precautions to avoid placing military targets within densely populated areas, such as by removing civilians under their control from the vicinity of military targets, and protecting civilians from the danger resulting from military operations.
The conflict between Israel and Hamas terrorists reached its 10th day Wednesday.