Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Reuters backpedaling on border incident

As other bloggers have noted, Reuters ran with a photo and caption following the border clash this morning that suggested Israel had violated the Blue Line with Lebanon.  The photo showed an Israeli soldier on a crane which the Reuters caption stated was in Lebanese territory.


Reuters is now backpedaling:
REFILE - CLARIFYING DISPUTED LOCATION OF BORDER WHERE LEBANESE AND ISRAELI ARMIES GIVE DIFFERENT DESCRIPTIONS OF THEIR COMMON BORDER. An Israeli soldier is seen on a crane along a border fence with Lebanon near Adaisseh village, southern Lebanon, August 3, 2010. Israeli artillery shelled the Lebanese village on Tuesday, wounding two people, after Lebanese Army troops fired warning shots at Israeli soldiers along the usually quiet but tense frontier, witnesses said. REUTERS/Stringer (CIVIL UNREST POLITICS)
But notice that the agency still asserts that the Lebanese army only fired "warning shots" at Israeli soldiers.  And the evidence for this is _________?

We can only hope that once Reuters is finished "clarifying" the location of the border, the arm of the crane in the photo is not extended out a few meters.

UPDATE 6:39 PM: UNIFIL has confirmed Israel's version of events; Israel did not enter Lebanese territory.  Reuters is still clarifying.

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