On the morning of January 22nd visitors to the BBC News website’s Middle East page were informed that “Israel Gaza strike kills militants” and in the sub-heading:
“Two Palestinian militants are killed by an Israeli air strike in the Gaza Strip, Palestinian and Israeli officials say.”
That link originally led to a report with the rather more ambiguous title of ” ‘Two militants’ dead in Israel Gaza Strip air strike”, although it was unclear from the BBC’s use of punctuation whether it was in doubt about the number of terrorists killed or their title.
The report opened with an interestingly captioned photograph:
“Israel says that airstrikes are necessary to protect the south of the country from rocket attacks” [emphasis added]
The report itself also included a plethora of statements using the familiar “x says” theme. [emphasis added]
“Two Palestinian militants have been killed by an Israeli air strike…
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