Saturday, January 27, 2007

ABC: Missing In Inaction

This blog has highlighted before here and here how the ABC News Online's Middle East Conflict section fails to cover adequately conflicts in the Middle East. Typically this omission has a bias to it.

Now we have yet another example. Jerusalem Post covers it:

Gaza violence reaches new height in deadly gunbattles

Hamas gunmen stormed the home of a militant from the rival Fatah movement late Friday, witnesses said, sparking a deadly gunbattle and capping a day of factional violence that killed at least 14 people, including a 2-year-old boy, across the Gaza Strip.

Friday's violence was among the deadliest in nearly two months of infighting and marred the first anniversary of Hamas's upset victory in Palestinian elections. After nightfall, the fighting showed no signs of slowing, as the sound of gunfire echoed throughout Gaza City.
Sounds bad. And newsworthy. Onto Ha'aretz and its report:
11 killed, 20 hurt as Gaza factional clashes escalate

Rival Palestinian factions clashed Friday across the Gaza Strip, killing 11 people and wounding 20, three seriously, in a wave of bombings and shootings.

Hamas said Friday evening that it was suspending talks with the rival Fatah movement on forming a coalition government due to the ongoing infighting.

"Following the awful massacres committed today in Gaza and northern Gaza... we have decided to postpone all dialogue with Fatah," said Ismail Radwan, a Hamas spokesman.
Massacres! This has to be news. The editors are salivating.

Even the SaudiSydney Morning Herald has coverage, albeit the casualty count a bit low:
Six killed in Gaza Strip faction clash

Rival Palestinian factions clashed across the Gaza Strip on Friday, killing six people and wounding 20 in a wave of bombing and shootings, and a Fatah-linked militant group said it had captured 24 Hamas hostages.
So what does our ABC have?


And so we wait.

Let's give them the benefit of the doubt. They are working hard on this one and not quite ready to publish.

After all, it takes time to spin something out of this story.

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