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Syria TV reports 100-year-old event as breaking news

Syria TV reported the 1914 assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria as breaking news by mistake

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A Syrian TV channel on Saturday mistakenly reported as a breaking story the news of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria – which happened 100 years ago.

The mix-up came about when the BBC’s Arabic language website tweeted the news of the archduke’s murder to mark the 100th anniversary of the event that is widely thought to have sparked the First World War.

An Agence France-Presse journalist reported the blooper on his own personal Twitter account, saying: “#Syria TV mistakes @BBCArabic #WWI tweets as actual news. Flash ‘20 injured as explosion targets Archiduke’s convoy.’”

The journalist attached a picture of the erroneous breaking news showing on Syria TV.

Franz Ferdinand’s assassination trigged the First World War, which lasted over four years and resulted in the deaths of millions.