Fact Check: Viral Post Claims Lebanon Has Initiated War Against Israel; Here’s The Truth

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A video claiming Hezbollah launched rockets directed towards Israel to start a full-scale war against the country is doing the rounds on social media. Many users claim that Hamas was used as a puppet by the Arab countries, and now they’re initiating the war against Israel. 

A Facebook user posted the viral post with the following caption: 

Hezbollah (Lebanon) is going full-scale war against The State of Israel

Hamas was just a puppet, Arab wanted to start war with Israel. Iran is very much keen to join Israel-Hamas war.

ITS CLEAR NOW. IT IS A GREAT CONSPIRACY AGAINST ISRAEL

#GazaAttack #IsraelGazaWar #GazaCity

You can check the post here.

FACT CHECK

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

Running a Reverse Image Search of the video keyframes, our team traced a news article titled: TSK, Afrin´de PYD´ye ait hedefleri vurmaya başladı (English tanslation: TSK started hitting PYD targets in Afrin), published on a Turkish news website. The initial part of the video matches with the viral clip, suggesting that it shows Turkish Armed Forces attacking Kurdish targets in Afrin, Syria.

Our team also found a YouTube video on the official channel of 24TV, dated January 20, 2018 with a title: #SONDAKİKA TSK’dan #Afrin mesajı: Zeytin Dalı Harekatı başladı (English: #BREAKING #Afrin message from Turkish Armed Forces: Operation Olive Branch has started.) 

The video in the bulletin matches exactly with the viral clip proving that it shows Turkey attacking Syria with missiles. Another YouTube video on the official channel of Ilhas News Agency corroborates the same claims. 

Therefore, we can conclusively say that the viral post is misleading.

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