Thursday, May 27, 2010

There's factual reporting... and then there's Reuters reporting

With tens of thousands of tons of supplies moving into the Gaza Strip, it is increasingly difficult for Reuters to claim that Israel is creating a humanitarian crisis there.  But that doesn't stop the news agency from trying:
Israel and Egypt closed Gaza's borders after Islamist Hamas took control of the territory in 2007 and refused to forswear violence against the Jewish state. Gaza's 1.5 million people say they face shortages of water and medicine.
Correspondent Ori Lewis is clearly implying here that the joint Israeli-Egyptian border closure with Gaza is to blame for the alleged shortage of medicine and water.  But as reported by the BBC, even the World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes the problems lie elsewhere:
Israel allows medicines into Gaza. The WHO says that shortages of drugs are a problem, with 100 of 459 essential drugs out of stock at the start of the January conflict. But it blames problems in the supply chain, including the rift between Fatah and Hamas, rather than the blockade.
As for the purported water shortage, cry us a swimming pool.

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