It wasn’t even 52 a few days ago. It was 57. Now it’s 28 — more evidence that whatever the truth of this incident, it has been obscured by deception upon deception. From Haaretz, with thanks to all who sent this in:
A Tyre hospital on Thursday revised the number of casualties resulting from Israel’s air strike on the south Lebanese village of Qana from 52 down to 28.
On Wednesday, Human Rights Watch questioned the death toll in the Qana attack. The international group listed the names of 28 known dead from the attack and said that 13 others were missing and might still be buried under the rubble. The discrepancy was attributed to an assumption that only nine of the people who took shelter in the basement of the building survived, but it emerged that at least 22 escaped, the group said.
An Israel Defense Forces’ inquiry on the bombing of a building in Qana that killed the 28 civilians admits a mistake but charges that Hezbollah guerrillas used civilians as shields for their rocket attacks, according to a statement released early Thursday.