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News outlets from CNN to WaPo to Al Jazeera wrongly blamed Israel for death of Palestinian baby


Iran-sponsored Islamic Jihad was the true culprit.

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Islamic Jihad, an Iran-funded terrorist group based in Gaza, has taken responsibility for the death of a baby who was killed in Gaza over the weekend.

The Jerusalem Post reported:

"A leak from the heroes of the [Islamic Jihad's] Sarayat al-Quds (Jerusalem Brigades) on the circumstances of the death of the baby Saba Abu 'Arar indicates that a rocket of the resistance exploded inside the family's home due to a technical failure, and prematurely exploded," a news item by Hamas' al-Risala News said.

"There is a claim that the technical failure was caused by low-grade explosives in the rocket," it added. "There is no doubt that the baby's death has nothing to do with the enemy's [Israel's] planes."

News outlets across the world originally blamed Israel for the baby's death, with some even citing the Hamas-controlled Gaza health ministry as their source. Here's a sample of the outlets and legacy media journalists that got it wrong.


The Washington Post's Middle East editor, Alan Sipress:


AFP correspondent Joe Dyke:


Al Jazeera:

China's state-run China Daily:

Another China state-run publication, CGTN America:

Newsweek Pakistan:

The Daily Beast:

Many of the aforementioned outlets completely ignored the fact that the Israeli Defense Forces denied the report as soon as it came out. Also, the IDF pointed directly to intelligence it had acquired of a failed rocket launch as the culprit.

Israel and the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas agreed to a ceasefire Monday after a weekend of that saw hundreds of indiscriminate rocket fire coming from Hamas, the jihadi group that rules the Gaza Strip.

At least four Israelis were killed by the rocket fire. Israel responded to the Hamas rocket campaign by launching several rounds of targeted airstrikes against Hamas leaders and their military facilities.

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