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Israel's Foreign Ministry criticizes CNN, BBC Gaza tweets

July 22, 2018 3:17 P.M. (Updated: July 26, 2018 3:56 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israel's Foreign Ministry criticized CNN and BBC on Saturday, due to their coverage of the recent events in the besieged Gaza Strip.

The CNN network tweet reported that the death of four Palestinians, three of whom were members of the Hamas movement, took place before a Palestinian sniper in Gaza killed an Israeli soldier.

The tweet states “Israel says one of its tanks targeted a Hamas military post in Gaza Saturday in retaliation for a border fence breach, one day after violence that left four Palestinians, including three Hamas militants, and an Israeli soldier dead.”

Israel’s Foreign Ministry was enraged with the tweet’s wording, which implied that the killing of the four Palestinians preceded the killing of the Israeli soldier, thus implying the blame for the conflict is on Israel.

Emmanuel Nahshon, Israel's Foreign Ministry Spokesman, responded to CNN via his Twitter account saying “You got it wrong and not for the first time - an Israeli soldier was killed by #Hamas and #IDF retaliated, protecting its country and citizens against murderous ‘terrorists.’ By misrepresenting the facts you manipulate against #Israel! STOP YOUR MANIPULATION!”

The CNN network did not respond to Nahshon’s tweet yet.

Meanwhile, Nahshon retweeted a tweet posted by Omri Ceren, national security advisor to US Senator Ted Cruz, who criticized the BBC network for “misrepresenting” recent events in Gaza.

Ceren’s tweet stated, "Israeli soldier 'dies from gunshot' is how the BBC reports on a Hamas ‘terrorist’ shooting and killing an Israeli soldier."

The CNN and BBC report tweets followed after Palestinians in the Gaza Strip marched along the Israel-Gaza border as a continuation of “The Great March of Return” protests, which was launched by thousands of Palestinians on March 30th, demanding their right to return as refugees to their original homelands, now known as Israel.

According to local sources, violence escalated from both sides during the protests.

Sources added that Israel and the Hamas movement exchanged intense fire across the border, resulting in four Palestinians and one Israeli soldier being simultaneously killed in the conflict.

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