Fact Check: Video Does NOT Show 'Failed Hamas Rocket Launch' Striking Hospital In Gaza On October 17, 2023 -- It's From 2022 Video

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  • by: Ed Payne
Fact Check: Video Does NOT Show 'Failed Hamas Rocket Launch' Striking Hospital In Gaza On October 17, 2023 -- It's From 2022 Video Wrong Year

Does a video shared on social media show a "failed Hamas rocket launch" striking a hospital in Gaza on October 17, 2023? No, that's not true: The clip was widely shared more than a year earlier in August 2022. At the time, it was reported to be a failed rocket launch by Islamic Jihad that caused an explosion in Jabaliya in northern Gaza, injuring several children, the Israeli military said.

The claim appeared in a post and video (archived here) published on X (formerly Twitter) by O.E. Allison on October 17, 2023. The post's caption said:

🔴BREAKING: Initial investigation by IDF shows explosion at the hospital in Gaza was caused by a failed Hamas rocket launch. (See video of the failed launch) - HN

This is what the post looked like on X at the time of writing:


(Source: X screenshot taken on Tue Oct 17 20:20:48 2023 UTC)

The video

Two posts showing the same video from August 2022 can be seen below. The first on TikTok (archived here):

@annas99999 תיעוד מהשיגור הכושל שגרםלהרוגים ב׳גבליה בעזה | видео неудачного запуска ракеты из анклава попадения ракеты в дом в Секторе Газа #израиль #войнавизраиле #עלותהשחר #אזעקה #обстрелизраиля #железныйкупол #операциярассвет ♬ оригинальный звук - AnnaS

Here's another one on X (archived here):

News reports

News reports from NPR and Al Jazeera at the time reported the blast with fatalities that included children. Palestinians and Israelis exchanged blame for the incident.

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  Ed Payne

Ed Payne is a staff writer at Lead Stories. He is an Emmy Award-winning journalist as part of CNN’s coverage of 9/11. Ed worked at CNN for nearly 24 years with the CNN Radio Network and CNN Digital. Most recently, he was a Digital Senior Producer for Gray Television’s Digital Content Center, the company’s digital news hub for 100+ TV stations. Ed also worked as a writer and editor for WebMD. In addition to his journalistic endeavors, Ed is the author of two children’s book series: “The Daily Rounds of a Hound” and “Vail’s Tales.” 

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