Italian journalist returning from Gaza confirms: Hamas misfire killed children at Shati camp

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An Italian journalist, who is covering the Gaza conflict, wrote that a Hamas misfire killed nine children at the Shati refugee camp in the Gaza Strip, confirming the Israeli version of the events.

On Twitter, Gabriele Barbati, the Mideast correspondent for Radio Popolare in Milan and a former journalist for SkyTg24, said: “Out of #Gaza far from #Hamas retaliation: misfired rocket killed children yday [yesterday] in Shati. Witness: militants rushed and cleared debris.”

He said, “@ IDFSpokesperson said truth in communiqué released yesterday about Shati camp massacre. It was not #Israel behind it.” He stressed that he was able to speak freely about witnessing the Hamas misfire only after leaving Gaza, “far from Hamas retaliation.” On Tuesday, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) released aerial photos showing how a rocket from Gaza targeting Israel hit the Shati camp, run by UNRWA, and Al Shifa Hospital, which has become a de-facto Hamas headquarters, against international rules of war.

Barbati said he was unable to speak about the Al Shifa hit, but he was certain that it was a Hamas rocket that hit the Shati camp, and a witness saw Hamas people rushing to clean the debris. Other journalists, including a Gazan reporter for French media recounted to French daily Liberation how Hamas had interrogated him in the same hospital, but later asked the newspaper to take down the story.