The coverage surrounding a deadly explosion at a hospital in Gaza is rapidly shifting as new information emerges. This highlights the challenges faced by journalists reporting on a fast-moving war, especially when there are limited journalists on the ground and social media is flooded with conflicting claims.
The initial reports of a strike at Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza City came on Tuesday. The Gaza health ministry initially claimed that the explosion was caused by an Israeli airstrike and resulted in the deaths of at least 200 people. However, the story quickly changed as the Israeli military issued a statement urging caution and asserting that the blast was caused by a failed rocket launch by Palestinian Islamic Jihad. Western news organizations, such as The New York Times, initially reported the Gazan claims but adjusted their coverage after the Israeli military’s statement.
On Wednesday, American officials aligned with Israel, stating that early intelligence indicated the launch did not come from Israel and instead was caused by the armed Palestinian group. The focus of Wednesday’s coverage shifted to the analysis provided by the US.