Fact Check: Does This Video Show Hamas Militants Burning Two Israeli Soldiers Alive? Here’s The Truth

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The conflict between Israel and Hamas has so far resulted in over 1,400 reported casualties in Israel and nearly 2,700 in Gaza. In response, Israel has carried out widespread airstrikes and now preparing for a ground offensive. Meanwhile, a heart-wrenching video of two soldiers burnt to death is going viral on social media. Many users claim that Hamas militants burning two Israeli soldiers alive.

A Facebook user shared this video and wrote: “हमास के क्रूर आतंकी इजरायल के “सैनिकों को चैन में बाँधकर जिंदा जलाकर मार” रहे हैं? हमास आतंकियों का सफाया बहुत जरूरी है, हम सबको इजरायल का साथ देना चाहिये।” [English translation: Are the cruel Hamas terrorists “killing Israeli soldiers by tying them in chains and burning them alive”? It is very important to eliminate Hamas terrorists, we all should support Israel.]

This Facebook post can be seen here.

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

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 found a still of the viral video in a report in Hindustan Times, dated December 23, 2016, with a title: “In new Islamic State video, Erdogan-critic burns two Turkish soldiers alive.” According to the report, the ISIS militants released a video showing two captured Turkish soldiers being burnt alive. The video, showing two uniformed men being hauled from a cage before being torched, was posted on the militant websites.

According to a report by The New York Post, dated December 23, 2016, the 19-minute footage was purportedly shot in the ISIS-declared “Aleppo Province” in northern Syria. Speaking in Turkish, the killer of the two men verbally attacks Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and calls for “destruction to be sowed” in Turkey.

Thus, it is confirmed that the viral video is from Syria, and NOT related to the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict.

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