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The Video Does Not Show Recent Rockets Fired Toward Israel

Khadija Boufous Khadija Boufous
9th April 2023
The Video Does Not Show Recent Rockets Fired Toward Israel
The video is older than claimed (Twitter)

The Claim

The video shows the Palestinian resistance firing rockets toward Israel. 

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Social media users have circulated a video claiming it shows rockets launched by the Palestinian resistance toward Israel in response to the ongoing attacks on Jerusalem and Gaza.

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Misbar’s Analysis

Misbar investigated the claim and found it to be misleading. The video is old and unrelated to the ongoing clashes in the region.

2021 Video Surfaced Amid Recent Attacks on Gaza

Using Advanced Image Reverse Search tools, our team found that the video is old and dates back to at least 2021. According to the sources, the footage depicts air strikes in Palestine, killing 35 people.

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Photo Description: A screenshot shows that the video was posted online in May 2021. 

The video surfaced on YouTube on May 12, 2021, as rockets were launched in Gaza toward Tel Aviv.

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Image Description: Screenshots of the video on YouTube

2021 Airstrikes on Gaza 

On May 12, 2021, Palestinian militants fired rockets into Israel’s commercial heartland after Israel kept up a punishing bombing campaign in the Gaza Strip and massed tanks and troops on the enclave’s border, Reuters reported.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the campaign would take more time. Meanwhile, Israeli officials said Gaza's ruling Hamas group must be dealt a strong deterrent before any ceasefire.

According to Al Jazeera, the firing coincided with Eid al-Fitr, one of the holiest occasions in the Islamic calendar, when Palestinian residents of the Gaza Strip woke up to relentless aerial bombardment by Israel.

Israel Strikes Gaza and Lebanon

The claim surfaced after airstrikes on the besieged Gaza Strip during the week. The Israeli military claimed it conducted airstrikes in Lebanon on targets allegedly belonging to Hamas. 

It is worth mentioning that Israeli forces raided the Al Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem twice this week. The forces expelled the worshipers after over 200 police officers invaded the mosque’s courtyards and roofed chapels.

A massive rocket barrage fired from southern Lebanon toward Israel, who responded. This cross-border fighting was reportedly among the worst since Israel’s conflict with the Hezbollah militants in Lebanon in 2006. 

The Israeli military claimed 34 rockets were fired from Lebanon on Thursday, 25 of which were intercepted, and at least four rockets landed on the occupied territory.

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