Saturday, 2 September 2006

Changing Stories

Latest from The Age :
While some reporters wrote that an Israeli missile ripped a hole in the roof of one ambulance that was directly hit, the site argues a missile would have caused much wider damage. It argues the hole appears to be where there was an existing circular vent, with rust on some of the exposed metal showing that damage to vehicle happened before the reported time of the attack.

However, Red Cross volunteers manning the ambulances and Mr Fawaz insist the hit was caused by small weapons fired from unmanned drones that they heard circling above after the attack.

The Age visited the yard where the bombed out ambulances are now parked. This reporter saw the ambulance that Mr Fawaz was in. It appeared to have been hit by a weapon that punctured a huge hole through the back. The only shows the picture of the second ambulance that had a smaller puncture through the top where there was a pre-existing vent in the centre of the vehicle.
In all previous reports, Mr Fawaz said he was in the ambulance with the hole in the roof. Of course, "this reporter" didn't take any pictures of the ambulance so people could, you know, verify anything independently.
Lebanese Red Cross volunteers are certain the weapons were fired from a drone.

Mr Fawaz, who slipped in and out of consciousness after the blast, remembers hearing the sound of a drone whirring above him when he came to. "It sounds like a motorcycle."

Soon after, through the door of the ambulance that had been blasted open, he recalls seeing a second strike on the ground.

"It was a drone because if it was a warplane we wouldn't be alive," he said.
They're certain that it was a drone. That's why they said it was Israeli Jets, then Helicopters. And hits by missiles in the rooves of both ambulances, rather than a minor hole in the roof of one ambulance, a great big hole in the back of another.

Story 1 - From the Associated Press :
Israeli jets blasted two ambulances with rockets, said Ali Deebe, a Red Cross spokesman in Tyre.
"One of the rockets hit right in the middle of the big red cross that was painted on top of the ambulance," he said.
Amateur video provided by an ambulance worker confirmed Deebe's account of damage to the vehicles, showing one large hole and several smaller ones in the roof of one ambulance and a large hole in the roof of the second. Both were destroyed.

Here's a "destroyed ambulance" after the attack:

Story 2 - From :
Chaalan and his crew loaded the three wounded people into their ambulance.

As he closed the vehicle's rear door, an Israeli rocket hurtled through the roof of the ambulance.

Thrown to the ground and blinded briefly, Chaalan shouted to the crew of the second ambulance to call headquarters. Within seconds, an Israeli missile tore through the roof of the second ambulance.

Oh ye Gods. Just go read Zombietown for the story. This is getting facical.

But the worst thing? It's a line from the Age: that debunks all reporting on the incident using available press photos and television footage as "evidence".
The scare quotes about the only objective data there is. Evidence? Frankly, The Age and its reporters don't know the meaning of the word.

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