Fact Check: Clip Of Jeddah Mall Incident Goes Viral With False Communal Claims

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A video showing chaos in a shopping store is doing the rounds on social media. Many users have shared the clip claiming that the Muslim community looted Asia and Africa for 1,400 years. Now it’s time for America and Europe.

A Facebook user posted the viral post with a caption: वो 1400 साल से एशिया-अफ्रीका लूट रहे थे, अब यूरोप-अमेरिका की बारी है । युरोप त्रस्त है इन्हें शरण दे कर । (English translation: They were looting Asia-Africa for 1,400 years, now it is Europe-America’s turn. Europe is troubled by giving them shelter.)

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FACT CHECK

NewsMobile fact-checked the viral post, and found it to be false.

Running a Reverse Image Search of the video keyframes, the NM team identified an Instagram post, dated August 11, 2023, published on a page, jeddahnow.sa — a media company from Saudi Arabia. The Instagram video matches exactly with the viral clip, and as per its description, the incident happened at a shopping centre in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. 

One of the comments under the post states that the incident happened at Flamingo Mall, 70th Street, in Jeddah. Conducting a Google Keyword Search, our team traced an online article titled: شاهد.. تزاحم وفوضى داخل مركز تجاري جديد في جدة.. وفتاة تقف على الأرفف (English translation: Watch… crowding and chaos inside a new mall in Jeddah… and a girl standing on the shelves) published on the website of Al Marsd a Saudi digital newspaper.

The contents and images in the article match with the keyframes from the viral clip, confirming that the incident happened in Jeddah. There was no mention of Europe anywhere in the entire article.

Therefore, we can conclusively say that the viral video’s claim that Muslims looted a shopping mall in Europe is false.

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