Following our post, Guardian amends story claiming Hezbollah drone was shot down over Palestinian territory

On Oct. 14 we posted about a Guardian video story on Oct. 12 which falsely claimed that the Hezbollah drone which flew into Israel on Oct. 6 was shot down by the IDF over “Palestinian” territory.

Note the text on the screen (a screen shot from the original Guardian video) claiming that the drone was shot down over “Palestinian territory”.

However, the drone, which was launched from Lebanon, was not shot down over Palestinian territory.  

As we noted at the time, the UAV traveled down the Mediterranean coast before crossing into Israel from Gaza. Then, it traveled east across Israel’s Negev desert, and was shot down above the Yatir Forest - south of the border with the West Bank, clearly inside Israel.

Here’s a map we included in our post.

A = Israeli Yatir Forrest

Towards the end of our post, we asked readers to contact Chris Elliott, the Guardian’s Readers’ Editor, to point out the error.

It just came to our attention that on Oct. 17, a few days after our post, the Guardian corrected their error.  Here’s the text from their ‘Corrections and Clarifications‘ page.

Here’s a sincere thanks to those of you who heeded our suggestion and alerted the Guardian about their mistake.

(Final note: On the same Guardian ‘Corrections‘ page linked to above, there is another correction based on a CiF Watch report, concerning a false claim by ‘CiF’ columnist John Pilger about the death toll during the Gaza War.)

Guardian video falsely claims that Hezbollah drone was shot down over “Palestinian territory”.

The Guardian posted the following video story on the Hezbollah drone shot down by the Israeli Air Force on Oct. 6.

Note the text on the screen claiming that the drone was shot down over “Palestinian territory”.

The video included a clip of Hezbollah leader Hasan Nasrallah claiming that the Iranian sponsored Islamist terror group had the right to send such UAVs over “southern Palestine”.

The Guardian’s caption for the video reads as follows:

“The Hezbollah leader, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, says it sent the drone shot down by Israel over Mount Hebron in the West Bank on Saturday. Nasrallah says it is the right of Hezbollah to fly drones in the occupied territories. Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu says his country will act to defend its borders.”

However, the drone, which was launched from Lebanon, was not shot down over Palestinian territory.  

The UAV traveled down the Mediterranean coast before crossing into Israel from Gaza. Then, it traveled east across Israel’s Negev desert, and was shot down above the Yatir Forest - south of the border with the West Bank, clearly inside Israel.

“A” marks the Yatir Forrest

The text on the video, as with the caption, is not accurate.

You can contact the Guardian’s readers editor, Chris Elliott, to seek a correction.

 reader@guardian.co.uk