Fact Check: Viral Clip Showing A Child Rescued In Gaza Amidst Isreal-Hamas War Is From Tajikistan

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Amidst the Israel-Hamas war, more than 4,000 Palestinians in Gaza have been killed in air and artillery strikes. Meanwhile, a video of a child sitting next to a tree is going viral on social media, claiming he got injured during the war and rescued in Gaza.

A Facebook user shared this video and wrote: “Another traumatised child in Gaza! Israel has played a dreadful game of destruction in Gaza, USA is also an equal partner. MAY ALLAH PROTECT PALESTINE.”

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 the extended version of the viral video in an Instagram post, dated September 1, 2023, with a caption (in Tajik language). As per the caption, the clip was recorded during the night of torrential rain in Vahdat. People can be seen rescuing a child, who apparently survived under the mud. It is to be noted that Vahdat is a city in Tajikistan.

 

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In another Instagram post by Tajikistan-based video news platform ‘Parviiz TV‘, the child was identified as Safiallah. The caption of the video reads: “The child who was found in Vahdat after the flood is in a better condition. Safiallah was with his uncle’s children on the day of the incident, who unfortunately died.”

 

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A news report, dated September 06, 2023, also carries similar visuals. According to the report, a powerful mudflow that struck on the night of August 27 in the rural Jamoat of Chuyangaron in Vahdat took away Safiallah, his grandmother and three other children. Of the five, the grandmother and two of her grandchildren survived.

The heavy rains that occurred on August 27 caused mudflows, rockfalls and landslides in nine cities and regions of Tajikistan. The mudflow destroyed dozens of houses, kilometres of roads and power lines. According to official data, 21 people became victims of the natural disaster.

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

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