AFP photographer Sayyed al-Kateib was injured in the great Palestinian/Egyptian conflict today. From the looks of it, he got hit in the back of a head by a rock—and while Reuters doesn't seem to think that merits a mention, there is one group in particular that happens to have a proclivity for throwing those (be sure to scroll down).
By the way, incidents like this aren't too
surprising, when one considers which side
the press tends to hang out with.Here's another, more detailed angle
of Mr. al-Katieb's injury, thanks to eagle-eyed reader Ulrike
and Spiegel Online
. Ulrike asks,
The blood on the hand seems to be red paint. Compare it to the postetd pc: the blood from the head-wound ist noticably darker than the red colored hand.
Can anybody shed some light on this?
Zooming in on the photo, the colour on his hand seems to be a reasonable match for the colour of the blood that's streaming down the side of his head, so I don't see any obvious reason to declare this fauxtography
. See the detail below:
It's not 100% proof, but the inverted regions of the photograph are in almost the same exact hue, which seems to indicate to me that whatever's on his hand came from the wound on his head. The inversion also highlights his wound pretty dramatically, some of which you can see in the inverted area there.
If anyone has more convincing evidence either way, I'm open to suggestions. I'm not claiming that this is a scientific
conclusion or anything.
He definitely seems to be genuinely injured, and I don't think the substance on his hand is paint. The only question then is how
he got injured—and I think my original supposition that it was an easily-identified flying object
is still on the mark.
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