November 18 UPDATE:
In response to communication from CAMERA, Reuters has commendably corrected the article, removing the erroneous references to "Palestinian soldiers." See below for a detailed update.
In a Nov. 11 article, "PLO's Saeb Erekat laid to rest after military honours," Reuters erroneously referred to "Palestinian soldiers." The article states: "In Ramallah, a procession of Palestinian soldiers carried Erekat’s coffin through an outdoor plaza in Abbas’s presidential compound." In addition, reporters Ali Sawafa, Rami Ayyum and Zainah El-Haroun add: "Soldiers fired a rifle salute as a prayer was recited over the grave." (Emphases added.)
Members of the Palestinian National Security Forces are security officers and policemen, not soldiers. As The CIA Factbook explains:
per the Oslo Accords, the PA is not permitted a conventional military but maintains security and police forces; PA security personnel have operated almost exclusively in the West Bank since HAMAS seized power in the Gaza Strip in 2007; PA forces include National Security Forces, Presidential Guard, Civil Police, Civil Defense, Preventative Security Organization, the General Intelligence Organization, and the Military Intelligence Organization (2020)
Reuters photo captions about Erekat's honors guard accurately reported "Members of Palestinian security forces stand next to the coffin of chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat," and did not refer to the forces as soldiers.
For the Arabic version of this post, please see CAMERA Arabic.