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Lebanon

Error (Los Angeles Times, News Brief, 7/3/08): All the Lebanese prisoners to be freed by Israel are alive.

Fact: As part of the deal, Israel plans to return remains from nearly 200 Lebanese and other Arabs. The media carried reports about Israeli forces exhuming the remains in the days before the exchange.



Error (Associated Press, 9/3/03): It [the Sept. 3 attack on Hezbollah positions in south Lebanon] was the first Israeli air raid since Aug. 10, when shells fired by Hezbollah killed a 16-year-old Israeli and wounded five people, including an infant. That shelling, part of volleys fired by the guerrillas to counter Israeli reconnaissance flights over Lebanon. .  .

Fact: As AP, had earlier reported, the Lebanese claim that Hezbollah fired on Aug. 10 to counter Israeli reconnaissance flights over Lebanon is in dispute. Israelis, for their part, state that Hezbollah aimed low, targeting the Israeli town, and deny that any Israeli flights were in Lebanese territory that day. Thus, AP’s Peter Enav accurately reported on Aug. 10: “A senior Israeli security official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said three 57 mm anti-tank shells were fired at the town of Shlomi, near the Israeli-Lebanese border. The militant group Hezbollah said in Lebanon that it had fired anti-aircraft shells at Israeli jets flying over southern Lebanon. Israeli security officials denied aircraft were in the area Sunday.”



Error (New York Times, AP reporter Hussein Dakroub, 5/31/03): While the United States lists Hezbollah as a terrorist group, Lebanon regards it as a political party fighting Israeli occupation of a tiny piece of land in south Lebanon.

Fact: “A tiny piece of land in south Lebanon” under Israeli occupation is presumably a reference to a region called Chebaa Farms. However, in its June 16, 2000 report of the Secretary-General (S/2000/590), the United Nations ruled that Israel had fully withdrawn from Lebanese territory. According to the United Nations, Chebaa Farms is Golan Heights land which Israel conquered from Syria in the 1967 war, and thus is not part of Lebanon at all. In a Feb. 21, 2001 correction, the New York Times was clear on this point.



Error (Associated Press, Hussein Dakroub, 5/30/03): While the United States lists Hezbollah as a terrorist group, Lebanon regards it as a political party fighting Israeli occupation of a tiny piece of land in south Lebanon.

Fact: “A tiny piece of land in south Lebanon” under Israeli occupation is presumably a reference to a region called Chebaa Farms. However, in its June 16, 2000 report of the Secretary-General (S/2000/590), the United Nations ruled that Israel had fully withdrawn from Lebanese territory. According to the United Nations, Chebaa Farms is Golan Heights land which Israel conquered from Syria in the 1967 war, and thus is not part of Lebanon at all. In multiple past articles, Dakroub had correctly covered the status of Chebaa Farms. (See, for example, April 15, 2001 and April 22, 2001).