The world was shocked to learn of the devastating hospital blast in Gaza City earlier this week, the cause of which remains shrouded in uncertainty. The tragedy has left dozens of people dead and hundreds more injured, stirring up a global outcry for an independent investigation.
While the Palestinian government, Israeli government, and various militant organizations have all confronted accusations that they had some role in the blast, so far no definitive answer has emerged. However, here is what we do know:
Witnesses from the scene report that the blast appeared to have been a result of an airstrike from the Israeli military, though the Israeli government denies any involvement. Similarly, a spokesman from the Gaza-based Hamas organization has denied responsibility.
What we don’t know is how the blast occurred. Authorities have yet to determine the exact Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) device used in the blast. Discrepancies between witness testimonies and the official accounts of both the Palestinian and Israeli governments in the aftermath of the tragedy further complicate the investigation.
Some have questioned why the hospital was even a target, as it is an established and recognized civilian structure. This has left many to speculate that there may have been an armed group or individuals stationed in the hospital at the time of the attack, however this remains unknown and unconfirmed.
The truth behind this tragic event may never be fully known. In the meantime, it is the duty of the international community to demand a full and impartial investigation so that the victims’ families can find justice.