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This Video Does Not Show Zagreb’s Mayor Slapping a Hamas Supporter

Ahmed Sabry Ahmed Sabry
11th November 2023
This Video Does Not Show Zagreb’s Mayor Slapping a Hamas Supporter
The video predates Operation Al-Aqsa Flood (X)

The Claim

A video shows Zagreb’s Mayor Slapping a Hamas Supporter.

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A recently shared video claims to show the mayor of Zagreb, Croatia, slapping a Hamas supporter who shouted "Allah Akbar" at him.

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Misbar’s Analysis

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

The Video Predates Operation Al-Aqsa Flood

Misbar's team found that the video was taken more than 17 years ago.

We also found that the video has been edited. In the original footage, there is no one shouting "Allah Akbar."

The man featured is not the mayor of Zagreb, but rather Stefan Hentschel, a former professional German boxer. According to reports, Hentschel, known for his association with the red-light district, was leading a team of reporters through a neighborhood in Hamburg. He talks nostalgically about the old days on Hamburg's Reeperbahn, displaying a mix of showiness and sadness. 

Suddenly, a drunken man enters the frame, causing Hentschel to become visibly annoyed. He sternly tells the man to leave if he has a problem. When the drunk man did not comply immediately, Hentschel slapped him in the face without any further warning.

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Gaza Health Ministry Reports Suspension of Operations at al-Shifa Hospital Due to Fuel Shortage

According to the spokesperson for the Gaza health ministry, operations have been halted at the al-Shifa hospital complex, the largest medical facility in the Gaza Strip. The hospital had to suspend its services on Saturday due to a depletion of fuel supplies.

The spokesperson, Ashraf al-Qidra, informed Reuters that this unfortunate situation led to the tragic death of a newborn baby who was being cared for in an incubator. It was revealed that there were a total of 45 babies in the incubator unit at the time of the suspension.

Al-Shifa hospital, which had already been targeted by missiles on Friday, serves as a crucial healthcare institution in the 360 square kilometer Gaza Strip. The impact of the hospital's temporary closure is expected to have significant implications for the local population's access to medical care.

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