FACT CHECK: No, The Wall Street Journal Did Not Report That An American MK-84 Caused Recent Gaza Hospital Blast
A post shared on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, claims the Wall Street Journal reported that an American MK-84 was responsible for the recent Gaza hospital bombing.
The Wall Street Journal:
“The bomb that was dropped on the hospital was an American MK-84.”
This bomb is precision-guided, largest in MK family and has about 950 kg weight. pic.twitter.com/EySQJw3CTV
— Iran Observer (@IranObserver0) October 17, 2023
There are no credible news reports or matching search results on the Wall Street Journal website for this claim.
The U.S. intelligence community estimates that the recent bombing on a Gaza hospital has resulted in between 100-300 deaths compared to Hamas’ estimate of 500, according to CNN. Israelis and Palestinians have blamed each other for the attack, while President Joe Biden has said that it was a result of an errant rocket from a “terrorist group,” Reuters reported.
The X post claims the bombing was caused by an American MK-84. “The Wall Street Journal: ‘The bomb that was dropped on the hospital was an American MK-84.’ This bomb is precision-guided, largest in MK family and has about 950 kg weight,” the post reads.
The claim is inaccurate. No such article can be found on the Wall Street Journal website. Likewise, a Google search yields no credible news reports about the claim from the Wall Street Journal or other media outlets. (RELATED: Did The IDF Arabic Facebook Page Say Israel Bombed The Gaza Hospital)
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