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Missile attack on Israeli civilians not a ‘flare-up’ for the BBC

on November 5, 2013

BBC Watch

Readers of the first four paragraphs of the obscurely titled report “Israel-Gaza violence flares over tunnel” which appeared on the Middle East page of the BBC News website on November 1st would have great difficulty piecing together the actual sequence of events.

Tunnel attack

“Four Palestinian militants have been killed and five Israeli soldiers injured in violence in the Gaza Strip, Israeli and Palestinian sources say.”

Despite the fact that the incident began when the Israeli soldiers were attacked, the BBC puts the deaths of Hamas terrorists first in its order of reporting, leading the average reader to understand that chronologically, the injuries to Israeli soldiers came after the terrorists were killed.

“The soldiers were wounded when they were hit by a bomb as they were destroying a tunnel found last month running from Gaza to Israel.”

The use of the opaque phrase “hit by a bomb” instead of…

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