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Fact Check: Old Video Viral As ‘Israeli Forces Being Held By Hamas’


Amid the ongoing Israel-Hamas war, a video showing a group of people being handcuffed and interrogated in front of the camera is going viral on social media. Many users claim that Israeli soldiers are being held hostage by Hamas fighters.

A Facebook user shared this video and wrote: “BREAKING: Hamas releases footage of captured Israeli army officers.”

This Facebook post can be seen here.

It is being widely shared on Facebook and X with a similar claim.


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

We observed the video and found that the video was related to a military coup. The subtitle of the video reads: “Are you happy (now that you’ve failed the coup)?” We also noticed that some of the people being interrogated in the video are of the Muslim community.

Running a Reverse Image Search of the video keyframes, the NM team identified similar footage in a report of Daily Mail, dated July 18, 2016, with a title: “Turkey had already prepared a list of 3,000 names to arrest before the attempted coup.” According to the report, after a failed coup attempt, Turkish authorities rounded up nearly 3,000 suspected military plotters, ranging from top commanders to foot soldiers, and the same number of judges and prosecutors. The attempted coup against the rule of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

According to a report of SABAH — a Turkish website, the court sentenced 65 of the FETO coup plotters to aggravated life imprisonment. It did not reduce the sentences of 47 coup plotters, including former Naval Forces Command Deputy Chief of Operations Rear Admiral İrfan Arabacı and former Head of Intelligence Department Rear Admiral Murat Şirzai.

2016 Military Coup

According to reports, Turkey witnessed the bloodiest coup attempt on July 15, 2016, when a section of the Turkish military launched a coordinated operation in several major cities to topple the government and unseat President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Turkish fighter jets dropped bombs on their own parliament, while the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, Hulusi Akar, was kidnapped by his own security detail.

However, as news of the coup attempt spread via social media, thousands of ordinary citizens, armed with nothing more than kitchen utensils, gathered in the streets. With the help of loyalist soldiers and police forces, they defeated the coup attempt in a matter of hours.

Thus, it is confirmed that the viral video is almost eight years old, and not related to the Israel-Hamas war.

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