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Image Of 2021 Israel’s Attack On Gaza Goes Viral As Russia’s Attack On Ukraine

CLAIM 

An image is going viral with the caption, “As Russia’s Putin announces a ‘military operation’ in Ukraine, Ukrainian Interior Ministry confirms that its capital Kyiv is under attack from Russian cruise and ballistic missiles. War has begun.”

FACT

Newschecker conducted a Google reverse image search on the viral image and found a report by BBC, dated May 10, 2021, with the title ‘Jerusalem violence: Deadly airstrikes hit Gaza after rocket attacks.

The report carried the viral image with the caption, ‘The Israeli military has conducted air strikes in the Gaza Strip.’ The image was credited to ‘Mahmud Hams/Getty Images.’

Screenshot from BBC report

According to the report, “Israel has launched air strikes against militant targets in the Gaza Strip, after rockets were fired from the territory towards Jerusalem. The Hamas-run Palestinian health ministry in Gaza said 20 people, including children, had died in the strikes.”

We also found reports by Al Jazeera and Japan Times on this incident carrying the same image.

Newschecker further looked up keywords ‘Israel airstrikes on Gaza’ on the website of  Getty Images and found the viral image.

Screenshot from Getty Images website

The caption of the image read, “A picture shows Israeli air strikes in the Gaza Strip, controlled by the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, on May 10, 2021. – Israel launched deadly air strikes on Gaza in response to a barrage of rockets fired by the Islamist movement Hamas amid spiralling violence sparked by unrest at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.”

Result: False Context/False 

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Vasudha Beri
Vasudha Beri
Vasudha noticed the growing problem of mis/disinformation online after studying New Media at ACJ in Chennai and became interested in separating facts from fiction. She is interested in learning how global issues affect individuals on a micro level. Before joining Newschecker’s English team, she was working with Latestly.
Vasudha Beri
Vasudha Beri
Vasudha noticed the growing problem of mis/disinformation online after studying New Media at ACJ in Chennai and became interested in separating facts from fiction. She is interested in learning how global issues affect individuals on a micro level. Before joining Newschecker’s English team, she was working with Latestly.

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