9 April 2011

Back to that New York Times article

I missed this the last time round when I was covering this article. Look at this lie "The military wing of Hamas, the Islamic militant group that controls Gaza, claimed responsibility for the attack on the bus, saying it had specifically aimed at the target". Actually Hamas has said the exact opposite:

"Hamas said on Saturday its militants did not intend to target Israeli schoolchildren when they fired a rocket at a bus two days ago, critically wounding a teenager and sparking the latest round of border fighting.

"It was not known that the bus targeted on the outskirts of Gaza carried schoolchildren," spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri told Reuters, adding that the road where the bus was travelling was often used by Israeli military vehicles."

Now you can believe Hamas are lying if you want, but the New York Times is claiming that they SAID "it had SPECIFICALLY aimed at the target" when they have said no such thing. And since according to Ha'aretz "The launch occurred just four to five kilometers from the target" it's not unreasonable that they couldn't distinguish between a military and civilian bus.

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