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Misleading Claims of Staged Car Bombing in Palestine

Ahmed Sabry Ahmed Sabry
21st November 2023
Misleading Claims of Staged Car Bombing in Palestine
This car explosion video predates the war on Gaza (X)

The Claim

A video shows a staged car explosion in Palestine.

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A viral video circulating on social media claims to show a staged car bombing in Palestine, with Palestinian actors rushing in to fake injuries after the explosion.

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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 was taken in Baghdad in October 2016, not in Gaza.

This Car Explosion Video Predates the War on Gaza

According to an article from the Daily Mail titled "Fake bombs and actors playing dead: How an Iraqi spy infiltrated ISIS and thwarted their terror attacks, saving hundreds of lives but costing him his own," the video features CCTV footage from a street in Al-Hurriyah, Baghdad, dating back to 2016. The video shows a man parking a car, then walking away and getting into a truck (on the right side of the screen), which subsequently drives away.

They mention in the article that a valiant Iraqi spy named Captain Harith al-Sudani successfully infiltrated the ranks of the Islamic State (IS) for two years. With unwavering courage, he skillfully replaced their deadly bombs with smaller ones, faking the explosions to deceive the terror group. His selfless actions saved the lives of countless innocent people. Tragically, his heroic efforts came to an end when he was captured and executed by IS in 2017. Captain al-Sudani is revered as one of Iraq's most remarkable intelligence officers.

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Premature Babies Evacuated from Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza

Gaza's health ministry has confirmed that 30 premature infants have been relocated from al-Shifa hospital and will be transferred to hospitals in Egypt. The evacuation of these babies took place on Sunday, as stated by Medhat Abbas, a spokesperson for the ministry, according to the Associated Press. Additionally, a team from the World Health Organization visited al-Shifa hospital on Saturday and identified 32 babies among the many critically ill patients who were stranded there. Israeli forces have been operating in the hospital since last week.

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