Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora said Monday that one person was killed in an Israeli airstrike on the southern village of Houla, not 40 as he had earlier reported.
"The massacre in Houla, it turned out that there was one person killed," Siniora said. "They thought that the whole building smashed on the heads of about 40 people ... thank God they have been saved."
Siniora had earlier told Arab foreign ministers in Beirut that the attack "was a horrific massacre ... in which more than 40 martyrs were victims of deliberate bombing."
Siniora said he had based the initial tally on unspecified information that he had received. He offered no other explanation for the error.
However, this AP link still has the story as above.
This was also reported, in his usual humorous fashion, by our good friend at Lazer Beams:
Lebanon's tearful PM Fouad Siniora gave a prime soap-opera performance this morning of the "40 killed in the Houla raid by Israeli bombardment." An hour ago, they were all found alive and well sipping Turkish coffee and playing Shesh-Besh in a safe shelter. Siniora wins this week's Aladdin award, and if he leaves politics, Hollywood is bound to grab him.
Our Ali Baba award goes to photographer Adnan Hajj of Reuters. Now that Adnan has lost his job at Reuters, he's hoping to land a position developing the latest edition of PhotoShop for Microsoft Corporation.
And to top it off, we have this comment on the Bare Knuckle Politics blog: