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Fact Check: Viral Clip Claiming Two Journalists Killed by Israeli Forces Is From Syria, NOT Gaza

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A video claiming Israeli forces killed two journalists from Gaza has gone viral on social media. Two men can be seen wearing bulletproof vests with ‘press’ written on them. They are walking around and inspecting active missiles placed around them. 

A Facebook user posted the viral post with the following captions:
Headlines: “Last night Israel 🇮🇱 killed two journalists in Gaza”
Two “journalists” 👇We did a good job
Watch UN watch World. They are “journalists”

You can check the post here.

FACT CHECK

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

Running the viral video keyframes through a Reverse Image Search, our team identified a tweet on the official handle of Jamil Alhasaan — a journalist from Syria, dated October 7, 2023. The video matches exactly with the viral clip describing that Jamil documented scenes of rockets and shells launched by Syrian opposition factions targeting Qardaha.

An Instagram post on Jamil’s official handle also matches with one of the keyframes of the viral video, informing that it is about the Syrian conflict.

We could not find a single credible news source linking the viral video to the Israel-Palestine war. Therefore, we can conclusively say that the viral post, claiming to show the two journalists from Gaza killed by Israel, is false.

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