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Video Claiming To Show Hamas Rocket Attack On Tel Aviv Airport Is Old And Unrelated

Authors

Pankaj Menon is a fact-checker based out of Delhi who enjoys ‘digital sleuthing’ and calling out misinformation. He has completed his MA in International Relations from Madras University and has worked with organisations like NDTV, Times Now and Deccan Chronicle online in the past.

Ruby leads editorial, operations and initiatives at Newschecker. In her former avatar at New Delhi Television (NDTV), India’s leading national news network, she was a news anchor, supervising producer and senior output editor. Her over a decade-long career encompasses ground-breaking reportage from conflict zones and reporting on terror incidents, election campaigns, and gender issues. Ruby is an Emmy-nominated producer and has handled both local and international assignments, including the coverage of Arab Spring in 2011, the US Presidential elections in 2016, and ground reportage on the Kashmir issue since 2009.

Claim

Hamas Rocket Attack on Tel Aviv Airport, Israel.

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Fact

We began by conducting a reverse image search on Yandex, which took us to many webpages that carried the same video. Rusa News, one such YouTube page, had posted the video on February 2020, with a Russian caption “Видео ! Турция выпустила по территории Сирии не менее 60 ракет !” which translates to “Video ! Türkiye fired at least 60 missiles into Syria!“ (using Google Translate) revealing that the video was from Syria. 

The detailed caption under the video reads “The Turkish army fired at least 60 missiles into Syria. The invasion of Syria by the Turkish military was marked by a powerful rocket attack, which the positions of the Syrian army have experienced only a few times since the start of the war in the country. Thus, according to sources, Turkey fired at least 60 missiles into Syrian territory, which were supposed to cause serious damage to the Syrian army and force it not only to abandon further offensive, but also to abandon previously occupied positions.”

We also found another article published on an aviation website called avia.pro, on February 03, 2020, which relayed the same facts.  

It also carried a tweet by news agency NEDA post, carrying the  same information. 

In  its bio, NEDA Post describes itself as “a diverse political, cultural, social and economic news platform established to keep pace with Syrian, Arab, regional and international affairs.” However, we were not able to corroborate the details with other news agencies. 

Thus, we find that this video, claiming to show massive rocket attack on Tel Aviv airport, was found to be from 2020, and unrelated to the recent violence between Israel and Gaza.

Result: False 

Our Sources
Video published on YouTube page of Rusa News, dated February 04, 2020
Report published on aviation website avia.pro, dated February 03, 2020
Twitter post by NEDAA Post, dated February 03, 2020


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Authors

Pankaj Menon is a fact-checker based out of Delhi who enjoys ‘digital sleuthing’ and calling out misinformation. He has completed his MA in International Relations from Madras University and has worked with organisations like NDTV, Times Now and Deccan Chronicle online in the past.

Ruby leads editorial, operations and initiatives at Newschecker. In her former avatar at New Delhi Television (NDTV), India’s leading national news network, she was a news anchor, supervising producer and senior output editor. Her over a decade-long career encompasses ground-breaking reportage from conflict zones and reporting on terror incidents, election campaigns, and gender issues. Ruby is an Emmy-nominated producer and has handled both local and international assignments, including the coverage of Arab Spring in 2011, the US Presidential elections in 2016, and ground reportage on the Kashmir issue since 2009.

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