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The Video Of Child Hugging A Tree Is Not From Gaza

Ahmed Sabry Ahmed Sabry
9th January 2024
The Video Of Child Hugging A Tree Is Not From Gaza
The video is unrelated to the Gaza War (X)

The Claim

A video shows a child hugging a tree in Gaza.

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A recently shared video allegedly shows a child hugging a tree during the war in Gaza.

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Misbar’s Analysis

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

The Video Is Unrelated to the Gaza War

Misbar's team found that the video was published on September 1, and was apparently captured in Tajikistan.

The caption on the video, in parvllz__tv Instagram account, claims it shows the night of a flood in Vahdat, a city in western Tajikistan.

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According to an article published on Radio Ozodi, a seven-year-old boy named Safiallo Mirzozoda miraculously survived a devastating mudslide in Vahdat. The video shows Safiallo covered in mud, clinging to a tree before being rescued by villagers. The mudslide occurred on August 27 and tragically claimed the lives of Safiallo's two cousins. 

Safiallo's grandmother, who was also swept away, survived along with him. Safiallo's mental state was a concern for his parents, as he appeared fearful and unable to speak properly. The mudslide caused significant destruction in multiple cities and districts of Tajikistan, resulting in casualties and damage to infrastructure.

Heavy rains on August 27 caused mudflows, rockfalls and landslides in 9 cities and districts of Tajikistan. The mudflow destroyed dozens of houses, kilometers of roads and power lines. According to official data, 21 people became victims of the disaster.

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