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ABC News Apologizes After Making Big Israel-Palestine Error

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ABC News has said it will correct an error it made on Tuesday's edition of "World News," when it mischaracterized a picture of a Palestinian family dealing with the aftermath of an Israeli strike as an Israeli family coping from a Palestinian strike.

This was the picture in question. It was taken by the AP's Khalil Hamra. The caption reads, "Palestinians try to salvage what they can of their belongings from the rubble of a house destroyed by an overnight Israeli airstrike in Gaza City Tuesday."

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But, on Tuesday's broadcast, Diane Sawyer told viewers that the picture showed "An Israeli family trying to salvage what they can":

The error drew substantial criticism:

ABC News issued a statement early Thursday morning, saying, "We regret the error and will correct it":

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