On the afternoon of August 2nd a report appeared on the BBC News website’s Middle East page under the superfluously punctuated headline “Israel ‘thwarts IS attack’ on Golan Heights“.
That unnecessary qualification continued in the report’s opening sentences: [emphasis added]
“Israel says it has killed seven suspected Islamic State (IS) militants who it says had crossed inside Israeli lines on the Golan Heights.
The Israeli military said it launched an air strike near a ceasefire line separating Israeli and Syrian sides of a demilitarised zone.”
The BBC’s report also failed to give readers a clear picture of where the incident took place:
“Israel said the group was around 200m (656ft) from an Israeli fence in the zone, delineated by Israel and Syria in 1974.”
As Ynet and other local media outlets reported:
“The incident began around 10:30pm on Wednesday, when the terrorists were spotted around 200…
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