Palestinians Bomb Own People: 20% of Hamas Rockets Land in Gaza

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.

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.

About Catherine Smith

Catherine Smith is a newcomer to Washington D.C. She met and married an American journalist and moved to D.C. from the U.K. She graduated with a B.A. in Graphics, Media, and Communications and worked in design and retail in the U.K.

Photo: GAZA CITY, GAZA - MAY 20: Palestinians inspect damage to buildings in Gaza City on May 20, 2021 in Gaza City, Gaza. Civilian casualties continue to rise as Israel-Gaza violence entered a tenth day. More than 220 people in Gaza and twelve people in Israel have been killed as cross-border rocket exchanges continue. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to continue the bombing campaign despite increasing calls from the United Nations and the international community to end the conflict. The conflict which erupted May 10, comes after weeks of rising Israeli-Palestinian tension in East Jerusalem, which peaked with violent clashes inside the holy site of Al-Aqsa Mosque. (Photo by Fatima Shbair/Getty Images)

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