No, the BBC did not pull Jeremy Bowen out of Gaza for 'defending Hamas'

This photo has been doing the rounds on Twitter.

It is, however, not true.

Jeremy Bowen did write that he had seen no evidence of Hamas using civilians as human shields, but the reason he's not in Gaza right now is much simpler - he's on holiday.

The BBC's head of news-gathering tweeted:

And Bowen himself tweeted:

But for some people this was still not enough:

A BBC spokesperson told i100: "Claims that Jeremy Bowen has been removed from Gaza under Israeli pressure are nonsense. After reporting from Syria, Iraq, Israel and Gaza he is on holiday but will be returning to the Middle East very soon."

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