Below is our regular end of month count of articles appearing on the Middle East page of the BBC News website according to the twenty-two countries and territories defined by the BBC as making up that region per the profiles on that page.
As in previous months (see ‘related articles’ below), the count relates to three categories of articles – headline, non-headline and features – with the total representing both the appearance of a report and its level of exposure in terms of the number of days it stayed up on the site.
For the third month running Iraq was given the most coverage on the BBC News website’s Middle East page – though mostly in the form of ‘Features & Analysis’ articles about ISIS rather than news items. Israel received the second most coverage for the second consecutive month as the conflict between Israel and Hamas continued and Syria was in third place for the third consecutive month. Violence in Libya put that country in fourth place in terms of coverage with a significant proportion of articles dealing with the topic of evacuation of UK citizens from that country. The BBC News website classes the PA controlled territories and the Gaza Strip as one category, but almost all the items which put those areas in fifth place in terms of coverage in fact related to the Gaza Strip. The items appearing in the Golan Heights category relate to the abduction of UNDOF troops in the supposedly demilitarized zone.
BBC Israel focus in numbers: March 2014 (includes links to all previous months)