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The Video Of Real Madrid Players With a Palestinian Child Is Not Recent

Ahmed Sabry Ahmed Sabry
21st June 2024
The Video Of Real Madrid Players With a Palestinian Child Is Not Recent
The photo predates the ongoing war on Gaza (X)

The Claim

Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale meet a Palestinian boy who lost his parents to Israeli terrorism .

Emerging story

Social media users have been circulating a video claiming to show Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale recently meeting a Palestinian child who tragically lost his parents to the Israeli army.

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Misbar’s Analysis

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

Ronaldo And Real Madrid Supported Palestinian Victim After Tragic 2015 Firebombing

Misbar's team found that the video footage, dating back to March 2016, shows Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid welcoming a young Palestinian boy named Ahmed Dawabsheh. 

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The devastating incident involved a firebombing attack on his West Bank home by right-wing Israelis that resulted in the loss of the rest of his family in July 2015. Ahmed, the sole survivor, suffered severe burns and required extensive medical treatment in the aftermath.

The images of Ahmed, wearing a Real Madrid jersey while undergoing treatment for his injuries, drew attention on social media. Upon hearing about Ahmed's tragic circumstances, Real Madrid felt compelled to offer assistance to the young boy. Ronaldo and the club's compassionate gesture towards Ahmed, considering the horrific attack he survived, resonated deeply with many.

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Devastating Impact Of Gaza Strip War On Children

The ongoing war in the Gaza Strip has resulted in a devastating toll on children, with more than 14,000 reported child fatalities and numerous injuries, as per the Palestinian Ministry of Health's latest findings. 

The harsh reality is that there are no safe havens for Gaza's youth, all of whom have been subjected to the traumatic effects of warfare, which will leave enduring scars. Approximately 1.7 million individuals in the Gaza Strip are believed to have been displaced internally, with half of them being children. 

Access to essential resources such as water, food, fuel, and medicine is severely limited. Homes have been demolished, families torn asunder, and the situation in Rafah epitomizes this crisis, forcing hundreds of thousands of children into makeshift shelters. Many youngsters have experienced repeated displacement, losing not just their homes but also their caretakers and loved ones. 

Hamas Urges International Oversight Of Palestinian Detainees In Israeli Prisons

Hamas has issued a call for "human rights organizations and the UN to monitor the situation of Palestinian detainees" in Israeli detention facilities. In a statement, they stressed the importance of documenting these actions as war crimes and violations of international treaties and conventions, highlighting them as part of a broader campaign of genocide and ethnic cleansing.

Estimates from the Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association indicate that as of mid-April, around 9,500 Palestinians from Gaza and the occupied West Bank were incarcerated by Israel. This rights group, based in the West Bank city of Ramallah, provides support to Palestinian prisoners, emphasizing the urgent need for external oversight of the conditions faced by these detainees.

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