New Ambulance Images May Support Journo’s Claim
New images and some older video appear to support at least one defense of The Age in the on going Lebanese Red Cross ambulance story. Though certainly nothing can excuse the otherwise sloppy reporting that went on around a, by definition, International incident.
The Age visited the yard where the bombed out ambulances are now parked. This reporter saw the ambulance that Mr Fawaz was in. It appeared to have been hit by a weapon that punctured a huge hole through the back. The zombietime.com only shows the picture of the second ambulance that had a smaller puncture through the top where there was a pre-existing vent in the centre of the vehicle.
Meanwhile, Andrew Bolt continues to challenge The Age on their coverage.
Ambulance attack evidence stands the test
It does? But read on and you will find that reporter Sarah Smiles, who lived as a student in Beirut for four years, doesn’t confirm the evidence but change it:
• The missile through the Red Cross painted on the roof of one ambulance becomes a possible missile through the back of the other of the two that were attacked.
Images of both ambulances do exist and I’ve edited a section of video, playing it back below at half speed to show the two ambulances together. In all honesty, I had set out to debunk claims by The Age that the photos we’ve been looking at were the wrong ones; however, careful analysis appears to depict what looks like a hit from something on a second ambulance and the location of it does line up with other basic elements of the story.
This isn’t to say that I don’t have concerns over the coverage of this incident, taking, at most, what was likely an inadvertent hit, or a strike at an ambulance being co-opted for battle and turning it into a story suggesting Israel was deliberately targeting ambulances.
But I can only go with the evidence I turn up and be as honest as I can be about it. This new evidence suggests the strike in question very well may have been against the second ambulance. I’ve used a red arrow in a still frame image form the video to show what looks like the signs of such a strike.
You’ll see pushed up metal and an apparent hole over where the gurney Ahmed Fawaz is reported to have been lying upon when the strike occurred. The red in the foreground is from the top of the vehicle we’ve all been looking at so closely.
At the end of the video below and also captured in a small image is another issue. It looks as if the glass was stripped from this vehicle while it sat on the road in a location other then where it was allegedly struck.
As I reported here, the earliest known image of one of the ambulances appears to place it near a construction site, possibly in Qana. And there is at least reason to question if these ambulances, like others, may have been involved in some type of war related activity.
The vehicles have moved multiple times and the story became news long before professional journalists had any access to the vehicles at all. Given Hezbollah’s well-known reputation for playing the press for advantage, we all need to be watchful when reports such as this one emerge.
Obviously there is still reason for concern over the sloppy and conflicting reports around this incident, which Tim Blair continues to document. His latest here. Lgf has placed its significant archive of the story and other Fauxtography issues here.
As the very short video below is at 50% speed, the audio is obviously distorted. The first 17 seconds of the video are silent.