Check out Wikipedia’s entry on the 2006 Qana airstrike — the Israeli strike that killed all those kids in Lebanon back on July 30.

This is a great example of the power of collective news gathering. Both pro-Hezbollah and pro-Israeli sources are helping to craft the article so the result is a compilation of information in which no fact is assumed true and no statement is without verification.

Here’s the summation:

The 2006 Qana airstrike was launched by the Israel Air Force (IAF) on the South Lebanese village of Qana, on 30 July 2006, during the 2006 Israel-Lebanon conflict. [1] The airstrike came after Hezbollah soldiers fired over 150 Katyusha rockets in a two week period from the village into Israel. The attack is blamed for the collapse of a three-story building onto its bomb shelter, where at least 28 people died, originally thought to have been 54. The cause of death and time line of events are under investigation by the IDF. According to the Human Rights Watch on 2 August, the initial estimate of 54 persons killed was based on a register of 63 persons who had sought shelter in the basement, and the rescue teams first having located only nine survivors. However, it was later established that 22 had escaped the basement and that 28 bodies had been recovered, whereof 16 were children. There were still 13 people missing, and locals feared they were buried in the rubble.[2] The event was reminiscent of the 1996 shelling of Qana in which over 100 civilians were killed a decade earlier.

Seems like a pretty balanced account of what happened.

Check out the “Allegations of a Hoax” part as well, which yesterday was still “in dispute,” but the wikipedians now appear to agree on the wording of the section.