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Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Israel/Gaza/BBC: When is a response not a response?

"Israel launched more than 30 air strikes on the Gaza Strip overnight," says the BBC. "The strikes came in response to 18 rocket attacks on southern Israel from Gaza since Sunday night, the Israeli military said." Is it possible that what the BBC actually meant was: "According to the Israeli military, there have been 18 rocket attacks on southern Israel from Gaza since Sunday night. Israel launched more than 30 air strikes on the Gaza Strip overnight, in what its military called a response to the rocket attacks." If reporting on an incident and a response to that incident, would one not normally describe the incident first and the response second?

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