In Gaza Flare-Up, New York Times Obscures Cause and Effect

Clay Curtis
August 10, 2018

After the BBC published a headline that read, "Israeli air strikes "kill woman and a toddler, '" the Israeli Foreign Ministry issued a formal complaint to the British outlet, and it ultimately changed the headline to, "Gaza air strikes 'kill woman and child" after rockets hit Israel".

Over 180 mortar shells and rockets were launched by Hamas, Gaza's Islamist rulers, throughout Wednesday and Thursday, the Israeli military said.

Three Palestinians have been killed, including a pregnant woman and her 18-month old daughter, according to the health ministry in Gaza. Nevertheless, there is no indication that Israel's "waves of attacks against targets across Gaza" was in response to the scores of Palestinian rocket attacks targeting Israeli civilians.

IDF said demonstrators were throwing rocks and burning tires at Israeli troops, causing them to respond with live fire "in accordance with the rules of engagement".

As part of a cease-fire deal, Israel is insisting that Hamas stop sending incendiary kites and balloons over the border, Israeli and Palestinian officials say. Local health officials said 18 bystanders were wounded by the blast.

The protests are calling for an end to the decade-long Israeli blockade of Gaza and the return of Palestinian refugees to their ancestral homes inside Israel, which they fled or were expelled from during the war surrounding Israel's creation in 1948.

Palestinian sources said late on Thursday that the deal would formally went into effect at midnight and it has taken hold "on the basis of mutual calm."

But the ceasefire will face its first test later in the day, as Palestinians in Gaza planned on resuming weekly border protests, which at times have become violent. Across the border, rocket warning sirens sounded nearly non-stop from sunset on Wednesday in Israeli towns and villages where residents sheltered in bunkers.

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The Hamas announcement came shortly after Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu's security cabinet ordered the army to take unspecified "strong action" against Gaza militants as the military reinforced units along the border.

"Everyday life in besieged Gaza is shaped by Israeli policy", IMEU added, posting a video compilation that captures the living conditions of millions of the almost two million people living in the occupied Gaza Strip. Rockets and mortar shells also landed in open areas, in addition to the 25 projectiles that were headed to densely populated areas and were intercepted by the Iron Dome aerial defense system.

The sun may be free, but the technology is not, and Palestinians say their ability to import solar panels has been hampered by Israeli border controls.

UN Middle East envoy Nickolay Mladenov said the United Nations had engaged with Egypt in an "unprecedented effort" to avoid serious conflict, but cautioned that "the situation can rapidly deteriorate with devastating consequences for all people".

Israel's latest attack on Gaza was characterized as the largest escalation since 2014, when Israel killed more than 2,000 Palestinians in a seven-week military operation.

As Israeli airstrikes persist and the living situation gravely worsens, Palestinians in Gaza are on the brink of a full-blown humanitarian crisis due to Israel's 10-year siege. The headline also is flawed by a murky portrayal of events: "Clashes Between Israel and Gaza".

The development comes after two days of Israeli aerial raids against at least 150 positions in Gaza.

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