ABC News: Sorry, bomb scenes were Gaza, not Israel

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The violence in Gaza has been growing day by day and newscasters around the world have been reporting on the incident.

ABC News’ Diane Sawyer, however, made a glaring error in her report on Tuesday, misidentifying a scene of destruction in Gaza as taking place in Israel.

She compounded the mistake by identifying a Palestinian family salvaging their belongings as Israelis. 

She has been roundly criticised for the blunder, and ABC World News has issued an apology on its Twitter.

Hamas has been keeping up a steady barrage of rocket fire on cities in central Israel, sending people fleeing for cover in cities as far away as Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Haifa.

Meanwhile, Israel has been carrying out a punishing aerial offensive on Gaza, which it says is intended to halt the rocket fire. The bombing is causing a growing number of civilian casualties.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed even tougher action against Hamas, while Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas has accused Israel of committing “genocide” in Gaza..

There have been international calls for a ceasefire in the worst confrontation in and around Gaza since 2012. 

Sources: AFP, The Electronic Intifada, The Times of Israel

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