A Hamas rocket killed the son of a Gaza-based BBC reporter, not an Israeli airstrike as originally reported by many Western media outlets, the United Nations has confirmed.
Multiple news outlets, most notably the Washington Post, initially claimed the Israelis were responsible for the child’s death despite conflicting evidence about the incident.
However, a recently issued U.N. report discredits the story and sensationalistic photo of the dead Palestinian baby that the Post published on the front page of its Nov. 15, 2012, edition with the following caption: “Jihad Masharawi weeps as he holds the body of his 11-month-old son, Ahmad, at al-Shifa hospital after an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City.”
Post spokeswoman Kristine Coratti did not have a comment on the new report and could not say if the Post would be running a correction in the coming days.
The U.N. human rights council investigated the incident and debunked this claim in its latest report, which will be formally presented by the body’s high commissioner on March 18.
“On 14 November, a woman, [an] 11-month-old infant, and an 18-year-old adult in Al-Zaitoun were killed by what appeared to be a Palestinian rocket that fell short of Israel,” the report noted.