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Fact Check: Old Video Of Mass Execution Viral As Contractors Being Killed In Turkey After Earthquake


A horrific video of armed men pushing handcuffed men into a pit and executing them is being shared on social media with a claim that it shows Turkish soldiers shooting the building contractors after thousands of people lost their lives in the earthquake.

The post read: Turkish Soldiers shooting Contractors whose shoddy work caused death of thousands. They were paid for Seismic Dampers to absorb earth quakes .. seems they buried car tyres under the foundations of High Rise buildings.

Here’s the link to the above post. (Viewer discretion is advised)


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

We extracted the keyframes of the video and put them through a Reverse Image search along with a keyword search and found a screengrab of the same video in a report by TRT World dated April 28, 2022. The headline of the report read: Assad regime executed dozens of civilians in Syria’s Tadamon, video shows.

We found a similar report by The Guardian dated April 27, 2022. According to the report, the video shows Bashar al-Assad’s men killing civilians.

The report also mentioned that the video date stamp read April 16, 2013, and shows 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 it is an old video from Syria and is being shared with a false claim.

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