SEOUL, - North Korea on Thursday accused Israel of being behind a deadly explosion at al-Ahli Hospital in the Gaza Strip and criticized the United States for its "undisguised patronage" of the act.
According to a new release by the Yonhap News Agency, North Korea's foreign ministry spokesperson lambasted both Israel and the United States in relation to the October 17 bombing of the hospital, an event in which hundreds died amid ongoing hostilities between Israel and Palestinian militant group Hamas.
Israel has contended that the explosion was the result of a failed rocket launch by Islamic Jihad, another militant group. This explanation was also endorsed by U.S. President Joe Biden during his recent visit to Israel, where he attributed the event to a "terrorist group."
North Korea took issue with this narrative, stating, "What should not be overlooked is that Israel's such criminal act was openly committed under the undisguised patronage of the U.S." The official further accused the United States of being an "accomplice" to what North Korea considers a "hideous war crime."
The spokesperson went on to say, "Immediately after the bombing of the hospital by Israel, the U.S. covered such crime, making absurd sophism that the incident seemed to be committed by other forces rather than Israel. This shows that the U.S. is an accomplice who connived at and fostered Israel's genocide."
Earlier this week, North Korea had blamed the U.S. for the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict, stating that Washington is "entirely" responsible for the tragedy. The North also rebuffed accusations that Hamas had used North Korean weapons in a surprise attack on Israel, calling these claims "groundless" and a fabrication by the United States.