ABC News Statement: http://t.co/mrQrvwoUPO
1. As the death toll rises in the fighting between Israel and Gaza — with more than 75 Palestinians killed in Gaza in three days of rocket exchanges between the two sides — some false and misleading photos of the violence have also spread fast.
2. On Thursday, ABC News apologized for airing a segment Tuesday in which Dianne Sawyer called a Palestinian family recovering from an Israeli air strike in Gaza as “an Israeli family trying to salvage what they can” after a rocket attack in Israel.
AP photographer Khalil Hamra took the photo. It’s original caption reads: “Palestinians try to salvage what they can of their belongings from the rubble of a house destroyed by an overnight Israeli airstrike in Gaza City Tuesday, July 8, 2014.”
4. In another incident, The Washington Post on Thursday published a photo on its front page of Israelis responding to an air raid alongside a headline about Israeli air strikes on Gaza homes.
5. Meanwhile, the BBC reported Tuesday that some photos Twitter users shared using #GazaUnderAttack were also falsely identified.
Among the harrowing images coming out of Gaza — some of which are too graphic for traditional news sources to publish — some photos being shared in fact were of past Israeli assaults on Gaza, or of destroyed homes and injured people in other conflict zones, like Syria and Iraq.