Misleading Attribution of Footage from the Syrian Civil War to the Current Conflict in Gaza

International Misleading

In the age of social media, the circulation of misleading or falsely attributed content has become a significant challenge. Recently, a distressing video depicting a young boy trapped under rubble has been widely shared on social media platforms, with claims that it depicts the current conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. 

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Below is sensitive footage being shared virally on global social media platforms, stating it`s a recent incident in Gaza.

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We decided to do a fact-check on this. 

Fact Check 

The circulating footage of a young boy trapped under rubble, purportedly from the current conflict in Gaza, is actually from the Syrian civil war in 2016. Reports say that this happened due to an airstrikes of the Russian-backed Syrian government military. A related report from 2016 can be found hereArchived 

Misattribution and Consequences: The consequences of misattributing the footage to the current conflict in Gaza include confusion among viewers and misrepresentation of events.

However, it’s important to note that ongoing conflicts often result in significant civilian casualties, including women and children.

Read also: Viral Video Of Palestinian Child Eating Grass Unrelated To Ongoing Israel-Hamas Conflict.

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Reiterate the claim that the footage is from the Syrian civil war, not the current conflict in Gaza, and emphasize the importance of accurate reporting and fact-checking, particularly in sensitive and complex situations like conflicts. 

Additionally, it underscores the ongoing humanitarian crises in both Syria and Gaza and the need for international attention and assistance.


Title:Misleading Attribution of Footage from the Syrian Civil War to the Current Conflict in Gaza

Written By: Kalana Krishantha 

Result: Misleading

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