Tuesday, August 05, 2014

5-Aug-14: In Gaza, slowly and reluctantly, reporters - even the French - are agreeing with what the Israelis said all along

From the France24 website
FRANCE 24 has exclusive footage of a Hamas rocket launching pad that appears to prove the militant group has been firing from areas heavily populated with civilians. Correspondent Gallagher Fenwick says the site, in Gaza City, is some 50 metres from a hotel where the majority of international media is staying, and just 100 metres from a UN building."This type of setup is at the heart of the debate," says Gallagher. "The Israeli army has repeatedly accused the Palestinian militants of shooting from within densely populated civilian areas and that is precisely the type of setup we have here.” The launching pad is also where the FRANCE 24 team had a close call last week. During a live cross to the Paris studio, a rocket was fired overhead, forcing Gallagher and his crew to take cover.

Neither here, nor in the accompanying video [click here to view it], the reporter says what Israelis right across the political spectrum are waiting to hear: "The Israelis warned that this was what Hamas do, and we can now see with our own eyes and cameras that they were right all along." Or something like that.

Reminder of similar stories in the past few days involving the Indian news report earlier today, the Italian reporter and the Finnish reporter.

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