AP Captions Err After Sderot Home Hit by Iron Dome Shrapnel

Aug. 19 UPDATE:

AP Corrects

In response to communication from CAMERA, AP amended the captions to reflect the fact that Israel's Iron Dome intercepted the rockets fired from the Gaza Strip and that a Palestinian rocket did not directly hit the Sderot home, but that shrapnel from the interception was responsible for the damage. See below for a detailed update.

Multiple Associated Press captions incorrectly reported Sunday that a home in Sderot, southern Israel, was hit by a rocket fired by Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. In fact, it was hit by shrapnel from the Iron Dome, the Israeli defensive missile which intercepted the incoming rocket attacks. The Aug. 16 captions state:

 

An Israeli man inspects the damage to a home after it was hit by a rocket fired by Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip, in Sderot, Israel, Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

An Israeli police officer inspects the damage to a home after it was hit by a rocket fired by Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip, in Sderot, Israel, Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

 

Times of Israel reported ("Iron Dome Fragment Hits Sderot Home. . . "):

A fragment of an Iron Dome interceptor missile slammed into the yard of a home in the southern city of Sderot and lightly injured a man just after midnight Saturday.

Two rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip at southern Israel and were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system, the Israel Defense Forces said early Sunday. . . .

Police initially said that a rocket struck outside the home in Sderot, but the military on Sunday morning clarified that it was in fact a piece of an interceptor missile.
CAMERA has contacted AP about the error. Stay tuned for an update regarding a correction.

Aug. 19 Update: AP Corrects

In response to communication from CAMERA, AP commendably amended the captions to reflect the fact that Israel's Iron Dome intercepted the rockets fired from the Gaza Strip and that a Palestinian rocket did not directly hit the Sderot home, but that shrapnel from the interception was responsible for the damage:

CORRECTS HOW HOUSE WAS DAMAGED - An Israeli policeman inspects the damage to a home after it was hit by a parts of a rocket fired by Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip that was intercepted by Israeli rocket defense system, in Sderot, Israel, Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)]