Reuters first with Israeli air strike on Gaza

When Israeli fighter planes struck Gaza early on Saturday, December 27, it marked the beginning of the heaviest onslaught against Hamas militants in decades. Reuters was far ahead with the news. The Israeli assault claimed more than 300 Palestinian lives in the first three days and contributed to a rise of more than 10 percent in the oil price to above $40. "Geopolitics had disappeared from the oil market but will regain some price momentum with the latest Israeli attack on Gaza," said Olivier Jakob of oil consultants Petromatrix. Reuters’ first headline – ‘Several air strikes rock Gaza city – Reuters witness’ – was transmitted at 0935 GMT. That was 30 minutes ahead of Dow Jones, Bloomberg and AFP. The team in Gaza and Jerusalem continued to dominate. They were first with news that Israeli missiles had destroyed Hamas police compounds, that the death toll from the strike was at least 50 and that Israel was ready to expand its campaign if necessary. These were fantastic beats on such a major story. Comprehensive coverage included factboxes, analyses and expert knowledge that gave clients a quick, rich and varied file. Other Middle East bureaux chimed in with coverage of Arab protests and some fine analysis which demonstrated the depth and breadth of our coverage from the region.

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Topics of Interest: Politics
Type: Reuters Best
Regions: Europe / Middle East / Africa
Countries: Israel
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