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Adventures in headline writing, Gaza edition

The New York Times, a division of the Israeli Military.

So something happened in Gaza today, something horrible even by the abysmal standards of that terrible situation. Here’s the headline in The Guardian:

Israeli strike on UN school kills 15

With the following sub-lede:

UN says it was refused time to evacuate civilians before IDF shelled Gaza school, injuring 200

Then there’s The Independent:

Israeli targeting policy under scrutiny after tanks kill 15 in a Gaza school run by the UN

OK, how about The Financial Times?

Israel shells UN school used as a shelter

How about Deutsche Welle?

IDF Shelling Kills 15 in Gaza

and here’s the DW sub-lede:

Shelling by the Israel Defense Forces has killed 15 people at a UN school serving as a shelter for displaced Palestinians in Gaza.

Then there’s The New York Times:

At Least 16 Die at U.N. School Used as Gaza Civilian Shelter

With the following sub-lede:

A series of explosions at a school that was sheltering hundreds of Palestinians who had fled their homes also wounded many others. The cause was not immediately clear.

Any questions?

5 replies »

  1. It’s an indication of the chaos and battle fog that UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is expressing “outrage and regret” that rockets had been found inside a U.N. school for refugees for the second time during the conflict.” There are multiple sides to this deal.

  2. Oh, no. it’s just that my irony meter just exploded, and I thought I’d share the experience.

  3. More fun.

    Shells hit UN-run school sheltering evacuees in Gaza Strip
    Washington Post

    Because these days we have shells that can act on their own. They’re like Terminators.

    15 people killed in Gaza after seeking shelter inside UN school
    CTV News

    Jesus. CTV is evidently the Canadian wing of the NYT.