BBC fails to report on Route 5 terror attack

In the early hours of the evening of Thursday March 14th, a pile-up near the Gitai Avisar junction on Route 5 – the Trans-Samaria Highway – resulted in the injury of several people, including a mother and her three daughters – the youngest of whom, aged three, was critically injured and is at the time of writing still fighting for her life in hospital. 

Photo credit: KOKO

The accident was caused by stone-throwing carried out by Palestinians which caused an injured lorry driver to lose control of his vehicle and the car in which the family was travelling to crash into the back of the truck. A bus was also hit and its driver and some passengers injured. 

Video footage filmed by another driver who was travelling on the same section of road just two minutes before the accident occurred and who was also subjected to stone-throwing shows the impact of such attacks.


The IDF later arrested ten people suspected of being responsible for the stone-throwing which caused the accident. As previously noted here, there has been a sharp rise in the number of terror attacks in recent weeks –in particular, stone and petrol bomb throwing attacks – with Israeli motorists often being the targets. 
Two days later, there is still no mention of this incident on the BBC News website. Given the BBC’s extensive reporting on the subject of Palestinian prisoners and its frequent coverage of the arrests of Palestinians by the IDF, the absence of any report on this terror attack and others constitutes an important omission of context in the overall picture presented to audiences by the BBC. 

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