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Misleading Video of Palestinian Child Eating Grass Circulates Online

Ahmed Sabry Ahmed Sabry
20th November 2023
Misleading Video of Palestinian Child Eating Grass Circulates Online
The video of a child eating grass was taken before the war on Gaza (X)

The Claim

A video shows a child eating grass in Gaza.

Emerging story

A video that has been circulating on social media shows a young Palestinian child allegedly eating tree leaves as a result of a severe shortage of food supplies.

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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Misbar's team found that the viral video is outdated and unrelated to the current situation in Gaza, where a significant food shortage is genuinely being experienced. 

It can be traced back to a post on TikTok from February 2022, over a year ago. At that time, the video was shared alongside hashtags like #Turkey_Istanbul_Iraq_Syria_Egypt, without any mention of Palestinians.

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The original video

Israeli Air Strikes Kill 15 Palestinians, Al-Shifa Hospital Described as a “Death Zone”

According to the Palestinian news agency WAFA, fifteen Palestinians lost their lives in Israeli air bombardments early on Sunday. Thirteen of the casualties occurred during an attack on a home in Nuseirat camp in central Gaza, while a woman and her child were killed in southern Khan Younis city. Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) has recently visited Al-Shifa hospital and labeled it a "death zone." The hospital, once renowned as Gaza's largest and most advanced medical facility, is now unable to function properly due to the lack of clean water, fuel, medicine, and other necessities. 

The WHO team discovered corridors and hospital grounds filled with medical and solid waste, as well as signs of shelling and gunfire. Shockingly, they also encountered a mass grave near the hospital's entrance, reportedly containing over 80 bodies. Al-Shifa still houses 25 health workers and 291 patients, including 32 critically ill infants. In response, the WHO is urgently formulating plans to evacuate the remaining patients, staff, and their families from Al-Shifa Hospital within the next 24-72 hours. However, the Nasser Medical Complex and European Gaza Hospital, where they are to be transferred, are already overwhelmed with patients and operating beyond capacity.

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