AFP Corrects: Egypt Also Borders Gaza

CAMERA’s Israel office yesterday prompted correction of an Agence France Presse article which erroneously stated that Israel surrounds the Gaza Strip on three sides. The Oct. 24 article (1:53 am GMT), “Under Israel’s blockade, Gaza’s fishermen struggle for a catch,” had erred:

For Gaza, fenced in from three sides by Israel since Hamas Islamists took power in 2007, the open sea seems to offer the promise of freedom . . . (Emphasis added.)
Gaza is not fenced in “from three sides by Israel.” While the fence on Gaza’s northern and eastern borders runs along Israel, the fence on the territory’s southern border abuts Egypt – not Israel. (The fourth side – west – is open to the sea. Please see this UN map clearly showing Egypt on the Gaza Strip’s southern border)

In response to CAMERA’s communication to AFP on the same day that the article appeared, the news agency promptly corrected the article. The updated version commendably corrects:
For Gaza, fenced in by Israel and Egypt, and where Hamas Islamists took power in 2007, the open sea seems to offer the promise of freedom — but it is deceptive.