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This Video Does Not Show The Iranian Attack On Israel

Ahmed Sabry Ahmed Sabry
15th April 2024
This Video Does Not Show The Iranian Attack On Israel
The video predates the Iranian attack on Israel (X)

The Claim

A video shows Iranian missiles being launched towards Israel.


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Recently, accounts and pages on social media platform X have circulated a video claiming to show Iranian missiles being launched towards Israel.

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The video was also published on CNN news websites with the claim that it depicts rockets launched by Hezbollah from Lebanon aimed at the Israeli military.

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Misbar’s Analysis

Misbar investigated the circulating video and found the claim to be misleading. 

Misbar's team found that the video dates to February 2020 in Syria.

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The team also found an image from the video, which was published on Ülkem News Agency on February 3, 2020. The agency stated that the footage depicted the moment when the Turkish Armed Forces targeted the Syrian regime.

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Turkish Military Retaliates In Idlib

According to a DW news article published in February 2020, the government announced that Turkish forces had launched airstrikes on five Syrian military positions in retaliation for the deaths of five soldiers and injuries to five others in the northern Idlib province.

Under an agreement with Russia, Turkey maintains 12 observation posts in Idlib to prevent an offensive by Syrian government forces, who seek to reclaim the territory from rebel factions. However, Syrian troops have continued to advance despite these efforts.

Turkey's Defense Ministry stated in a release, "According to our sources, 101 regime troops were neutralized, three tanks and two cannons were destroyed, and a helicopter was hit." The escalation coincided with ongoing discussions in Ankara between Russian delegates and Turkish officials regarding the situation in Idlib, where over 500,000 people have been displaced in recent months due to the conflict.

In response, Turkey has deployed hundreds of military vehicles and troops into Idlib province in the past week, fearing that intensified fighting could trigger further refugee flows across the border. Nonetheless, Turkey remains staunchly opposed to President Bashar Assad's regime since the onset of Syria's civil war.

Iran's Response and U.S. Intervention in the Middle East

Iran attacked Israel in response to an Israeli strike on the Iranian consulate in Damascus, Syria, earlier in the month. During the extensive overnight aerial assault, more than 300 projectiles, comprising approximately 170 drones and over 120 ballistic missiles, were launched towards Israel. Israel Forces spokesperson Daniel Hagari reported that around 350 rockets were fired from Iran, Iraq, Yemen, and Lebanon’s Hezbollah.

According to an Iranian army official, Tehran's strike targeted the Nevatim airbase, which Iran alleges was the launch site for Israel’s earlier strike on the Iranian consulate in early April. Iranian ballistic missiles that reached Israel caused minor structural damage to the airbase in the southern region. Despite the attack, the base remains operational, with ongoing aircraft operations, as stated by Hagari.

A senior U.S. military official informed reporters that there was no significant damage within Israel itself. Additionally, U.S. ships in the eastern Mediterranean Sea intercepted and destroyed between four and six Iranian ballistic missiles during the attack. Moreover, aircraft in the area successfully shot down over 70 Iranian unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) heading towards Israel. The U.S. Army Patriot missile battery also intercepted one ballistic missile in the vicinity of Erbil, Iraq.

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