As noted earlier this week, the most recent version of a BBC six year-old backgrounder about the Gaza Strip opened by telling readers that the territory “is under the control of the Palestinian Authority, and between 2007 and 2014 was ruled by the militant Islamist group Hamas”.
CAMERA UK submitted a complaint explaining that the Gaza Strip is not under PA control and that the supposed Hamas-Fatah deal of 2014 did not bring an end to Hamas rule.
The following day we received a response from the BBC News website:
“Thank you for getting in touch about our article Israel-Palestinian conflict: Life in the Gaza Strip.
Please accept our apologies for this error.
We’ve since amended the article and also added a correction note, advising readers of the change.
Thank you again for bringing this to our attention.”
The paragraph concerned now reads:
“It is under the control of the militant Islamist group Hamas, which won Palestinian legislative elections in 2006 and ejected forces loyal to the then governing Palestinian Authority after a violent rift in 2007.”
The footnote reads: