On the afternoon of May 4th – some five and a half hours after terrorists in the Gaza Strip had begun launching an intense barrage of rocket attacks against Israeli civilians – the BBC News website published an article headlined “Hostilities flare up as rockets hit Israel from Gaza” and tagged “Gaza border clashes” on its ‘Middle East’ page.
The immediate background to the story was portrayed by the BBC as follows:
“Four Palestinians, including two Hamas militants, were killed on Friday after an attack injured two Israeli soldiers.”
Under the sub-heading “What triggered the latest unrest?” readers were told that:
“The violence began during weekly Friday protests in Gaza against the tight blockade…
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