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Fact Check: Viral Image Claiming Top Israeli Military Officer Killed In Gaza Is False

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Amid the ongoing Israel-Palestine war, a widely shared image on social media suggests the reported death of a second Israeli soldier in Gaza. According to the viral post, General Camille Barom is said to have been killed.

The image is shared on Facebook with a caption: “ഇസ്രയേലി ജനറൽ കാമിൽ ബറോം ഗസയിൽ കൊല്ലപ്പെട്ടു, ഇസ്രയേലി സൈന്യത്തിലെ ‘രണ്ടാമൻ’ ആയിരുന്നു” (English version: see below.) 

Here’s the link to the above post

FACT CHECK 

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

A Reverse Image Search identifies the person in the viral image as Major General Kamil Abu Rukun, who resigned in 2021, and transitioned to the reserve wing after serving as the coordinator of Israeli government operations in Gaza and West Bank. In the reserves, individuals typically fulfil their military duties before retirement, which differs from regular military service. Also, no reports have confirmed so far about this incident. 

Major General Kamil Rukun serves as a member of the IDSF (Israel Defense and Security Forum) Advisory Board in his capacity as a reserve officer. The forum, comprising 16,000 reserve officers and operatives of the Israel Security Forces, is designed to offer essential guidance to the army.

In 2021, Major General Kamil Rukun, following his resignation from primary army duties, co-founded an organisation — Ranzialongside other individuals. Currently serving as the CEO of the company, Ranzi operates as a provider of business and market-related services in the Middle East, North America, and GCC countries. Detailed information about Major General Rukun can be found on Ranzi’s official website.

Thus, it is evident from the above information that the viral claim is false. 

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