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Fact Check: German Army Chief Breuer’s Image Viral With Fictitious Claims


A picture, claiming that a German general was killed in Gaza, is being widely circulated on social media.

One of the Facebook users claims: “‎Earth-shattering news🔥



‎German General “Hafri Kerr”, commander of the Engineering Corps — the Fifth German Corps ⁧‫#غزة‬⁩ War, was killed with 4 of his companions in the explosion of a fake tunnel in ⁧‫#الشجاعية‬⁩ and 10 others were seriously injured. 🔥🔥🥴🥴⁧‫#غزة_تُباد‬⁩ ⁧‫#جيفري_إبستاين‬⁩ ⁧‫#زد_رصيدك28‬⁩ #FreePalestine #FreeGaza #FreePalestineNow #StopGenocide #CeasefireNow“.
Here’s the link to the viral post.


NewsMobile fact-checked the above claim, and found it to be FAKE.

Doing a simple Google search, the NM team identified a website of the German Bundeswehr Association carrying one article with a similar image, dated March 7, 2021, with a title: “What is more important than the protection of people in Germany?”

Running a keyword search on ‘Carsten Breuer army chief’, our team found the page dedicated to the chief of defence on the official website of the Federal Ministry of Defence, located in Germany. This confirms the identity of the viral image, suggesting that the man in the image is not Hafri Kerr but Carsten Breuer, who is the German Army’s Chief of Defence. We could not find any credible news outlets reporting that this individual is involved in combat for Israel, or has passed away. Even the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) website does not carry a name by Hafri Kerr.

Hence, it can be concluded that the viral post is MISLEADING.

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