‘You’re Getting It From Hamas!’: Cenk Uygur Gets Into Shouting Match With NewsNation Host Over Gaza Casualty Numbers

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Brianna Lyman News and Commentary Writer
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NewsNation’s Dan Abrams got into a shouting match with left-wing political commentator Cenk Ugyur on Wednesday night over the war between Israel and Hamas.

Gaza’s health ministry, which is controlled by Hamas, claimed Tuesday that Israel killed some 500 people with a strike targeting the Al-Ahli Baptist Hospital in Gaza.

Gazan authorities immediately blamed Israel despite conflicting reports about the explosion. An Israel Defense Forces spokesperson denied Israeli responsibility and alleged that a rocked launched by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad had struck the hospital. President Joe Biden, who traveled to Israel on Tuesday, told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that it appears “the other team” is responsible for the incident. (RELATED: Disinfo Reporter, Other Journalists Spread Hamas Narrative On Hospital Rocket Strike)

One European intelligence official told French outlet Le Point that the death toll was likely between 10 and 50.

Uygur, who is running against Biden for the Democratic nomination despite likely being ineligible to serve as president, alleged that Israel is preventing journalists from doing on-the-ground reporting and that he would not “take anyone’s word for it when they won’t allow journalists into the area.”

“Israel has already killed a number of journalists, including a Reuters journalists. And I’m sure that every killing is, of course, an accident, including when they bombed a bus full of people. What? Seventy people died, I believe. That convoy where they asked them to leave. The U.N. has said they bombed schools, et cetra, so –” Uygur said before Abrams interjected.

“Wait, wait, wait. First of all, the 70 – there is a huge dispute about what happened there and that it may not have been Israel at all that –” he insisted.

“Oh, it’s never Israel,” Uygur mocked.

“I know it’s not possible that it would be the terrorists,” Abrams responded sarcastically.

Uygur went on to cite Hamas claims that 3,000 civilians have been killed by Israeli airstrikes since the war began on Oct. 7.

“Where are you getting that number from? You’re getting it from Hamas,” Abrams said, accusing Uygur of repeating the terror group’s claims “without questioning them.”

“Any Hamas number is going to include fighters and civilians together,” Abrams said. “I won’t even begin to accept those numbers. I don’t even know if it’s 300. I don’t know if it’s 3,000. It’s Hamas numbers, they mean nothing!”