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Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Red Cross Ambulance Hoax

Zombietime documents another fraud with which you should be familiar: The Red Cross Ambulance Incident.

On the night of July 23, 2006, an Israeli aircraft intentionally fired missiles at and struck two Lebanese Red Cross ambulances performing rescue operations, causing huge explosions that injured everyone inside the vehicles. Or so says the global media, including Time magazine, the BBC, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and thousands of other outlets around the world. If true, the incident would have been an egregious and indefensible violation of the Geneva Convention, and would constitute a war crime committed by the state of Israel.

But there's one problem: It never happened.

A close look at the photographs refutes most of the story's claims.

Excellent collaborative work. An excellent example of looking closer and thinking harder.

Update, 9/3: The Red Cross removed the high-resolution photo from their web-site shortly after this fraud was exposed. "The ICRC has ignored requests for information about why the photo was deleted, so we can now reasonably conclude that they are deliberately covering up the evidence..."

Update, 9/5: It seems some are trying to rehabilitate this story with the facts and evidence shuffled around, casting more doubt on both new and original stories. 9/6: Zombie extends his post to refute these.

Update, 9/22: The ICRC admits to deliberately, quietly removing the high-res photo from their web-site "in order to keep the moral high-ground on the issue." (I wonder if that reasoning would have worked for Nixon?)

Update, 9/25: A red-cross worker was, indeed, murdered, but no one seemed to notice.


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