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January 05, 2009

The Combatant the NY Times Couldn't Find

In a report about Shifa Hospital in the Gaza Strip, the New York Times' Taghreed El-Khodary reports today:

A week ago, after Israel began its air assault, hundreds of Hamas militants were taken to the hospital. Yet on Sunday, the day Israeli troops flooded Gaza and ground battles with Hamas began, there appeared not to be a single one.

While El-Khodary, on site at Shifa, could not find a single injured Hamas fighters at the hospital, I easily did -- and I am sitting some safe 60 kilometers away (out of rocket range).

injured militant.jpg

This AP photograph by Ashraf Amra from yesterday, the day that El-Khodary found not a single militant, is captioned:

Palestinians carry a militant, injured during an Israeli army operation in Gaza, into Shifa hospital in Gaza City, Sunday, Jan. 4, 2009. Israeli ground troops and tanks cut swaths through the Gaza Strip early Sunday, bisecting the coastal territory and surrounding its biggest city as the new phase of a devastating offensive against Hamas gained momentum.

In her article, El-Khodary mentions that "Hamas security officers maintain order." Reading between the lines, does "order" include directives to journalists and photographers?

Posted by TS at January 5, 2009 05:58 AM


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