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Viral Video Showing ‘Egyptians Crossing Gaza Border’ Predates Israel-Hamas Conflict

Authors

Kushel HM is a mechanical engineer-turned-journalist, who loves all things football, tennis and films. He was with the news desk at the Hindustan Times, Mumbai, before joining Newschecker.

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.

Claim

Egyptian citizens cross the Gaza border to deliver water and food to Palestinians amid the Israel-Hamas conflict.

Fact

Newschecker first ran a reverse image search of keyframes of the video, which led us to this tweet by a senior Libya-based journalist, Abdulkader Assad, dated September 8, 2023, close to a month before the current Israel-Palestine conflict began on October 7, 2023. A similar tweet can be seen here.

We also came across this report by Misbar, an Arabic fact-checking platform, dated September 11, 2023, stating that they found the same video, along with other clips of citizens using similar backpacks, from June this year. According to Misbar, the users claim that the videos show Egyptian smugglers carrying goods in the Libyan region of Amsaad, near the country’s northeastern border with Egypt. Although we could not independently ascertain the context of the viral video, we can confirm that it is not linked to the ongoing Israel-Palestine conflict

Also Read: Old Footage of Syrian Child Crying Over His Sister Wrongly Linked to Israel-Palestine Conflict

Result: False

Sources
Tweet, Abdulkader Assad, September 8, 2023
Misbar report, September 11, 2023


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Authors

Kushel HM is a mechanical engineer-turned-journalist, who loves all things football, tennis and films. He was with the news desk at the Hindustan Times, Mumbai, before joining Newschecker.

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.

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