Pallywood and its spin machine are working furiously these days, with the willing cooperation of the mainstream media: “Dead child cradled by Egypt’s PM was killed by Hamas!,” from Elder of Ziyon, November 17 (thanks to Inexion):
The Mirror (UK) on Friday published this, as did many other newspapers:
Egypt’s Prime Minister wept today as he kissed the forehead of a boy killed in an Israeli airstrike on Gaza.
And here is how CNN reported the child’s death:
CNN takes it as a given that young Mahmoud Sadallah (Sadhala) was killed by an Israeli airstrike.
Only one problem: he was killed by a Hamas rocket that fell short in Gaza.
There is a lot of evidence for this. Read the New York Times’ account of his death:
The Abu Wardah family woke up on Friday morning to word that a hudna “”
Arabic for cease-fire “” had been declared during the three-hour visit of
the Egyptian prime minister to this embattled territory. So, after two
days of huddling indoors to avoid intensifying Israeli air assaults,
Abed Abu Wardah, the patriarch, went to the market to buy fruits and
vegetables. His 22-year-old son, Aiman, took an empty blue canister to
be refilled with cooking gas. The younger children of their
neighborhood, Annazla, in this town north of Gaza City went out to the
dirt alley to kick a soccer ball.
But around 9:45 a.m., family members and neighbors said, an explosion
struck a doorway near the Abu Wardah home, killing Aiman Abu Wardah as
he returned from his errand, as well as Mahmoud Sadallah, 4, who lived
next door and had refused his older cousin’s pleas to stay indoors.
It is unclear who was responsible for the strike on Annazla: the damage
was nowhere near severe enough to have come from an Israeli F-16, raising the possibility that an errant missile fired by Palestinian militants was responsible for the deaths. What seems clear is that expectations for a pause in the fighting, for at least one family, were tragically misplaced.
The IDF did not launch any airstrikes in Gaza while Egyptian PM Kandil was in Gaza.