On August 15th a report headlined “Israel reopens Gaza cargo crossing after calm” appeared on the BBC News website’s Middle East page.
“Israel has fully reopened its cargo crossing with Gaza, saying it is in response to a period of relative calm.
Lorries carrying fuel and commercial goods passed through Kerem Shalom on Wednesday after weeks of restrictions.
The fishing zone off Gaza’s coast was also restored to 17km (nine nautical miles), having been reduced to 6km.
Kerem Shalom was closed for all but humanitarian deliveries in retaliation for cross-border incendiary kite and balloon attacks by Palestinians.”
After that reasonable account of events, the report continued with promotion of an anonymous allegation:
“Human rights groups said the move amounted to illegal collective punishment.”
Those who read previous BBC reports concerning the Kerem Shalom crossing may recall that the same allegation has been promoted twice by the BBC…
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