The Guardian reports:
Israel fired a missile on Tuesday to test a new defence system, triggering alerts across a region that is braced for impending international military strikes against Syria.
The phrase “alerts across region” also appears beneath the headline of the article.
So just what does “across the region” refer to?
The Guardian continues:
Russia sounded the alert, saying its radars at Armavir, near the Black Sea, had detected the launch of two ballistic “objects” in the area, fired from the central Mediterranean towards the east.
A Syrian source told Lebanese television that nothing had been detected by its early warning system.
So, Russia detected the missile launch and Syria didn’t. No mention of Lebanese, Egyptian, Turkish, Iraqi or Saudi alerts anywhere in the article.
Is this what The Guardian considers alerts across the region?
Or does this over-dramatic throwaway reference simply feed the average Guardian reader’s belief that Israel is the biggest threat to the Middle East?