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Fact Check: 2013 Video Of Mass Execution in Syria Goes Viral As Palestinian PoWs Being Killed By Israeli Soldiers


The conflict between Israel and Hamas has so far resulted in over 2,000 reported casualties in Israel, and nearly 9,000 in Gaza. Meanwhile, a horrific video of armed men pushing handcuffed people into a pit and executing them is widely shared on social media, claiming that Israeli soldiers are killing Palestinian prisoners of war.

A Facebook user shared this video and wrote, “This is what the Zionist Israelis are doing to their Palestinian prisoners of war. Please make it viral and let the world know.”

This Facebook post can be seen here.

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


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

Putting the video keyframes through a Reverse Image Search, our team spotted a screengrab of the same video in a report by TRT World, dated April 28, 2022. The headline of the article reads: Assad regime executed dozens of civilians in Syria’s Tadamon, video shows.

We found a similar report by The Guardian, dated April 27, 2022, saying that the video shows Bashar al-Assad’s men killing civilians. According to the article, the video date stamp reads April 16, 2013, showing at least 41 men in the mass grave in the Damascus suburb of Tadamon.

A similar report was also published by New Lines Magazine, which verified the authenticity of the video. According to the report, the video was leaked to researchers Annsar Shahhoud and Uğur Ümit Üngör in 2019.
Thus, based on the above fact check, it is clear that an old video from Syria is being shared with a false claim.

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