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The Video of Child Crying at Her Mother’s Grave Is Old

Ahmed Sabry Ahmed Sabry
23rd January 2024
The Video of Child Crying at Her Mother’s Grave Is Old
The video predates the Gaza war (X)

The Claim

A video shows a child crying at her mother's grave in Gaza.


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Recently, accounts on X have been circulating a video clip that allegedly shows a girl from Gaza crying at her mother's grave, who reportedly died during the ongoing war in the Gaza Strip.

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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 dates back to 2020.

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The video was posted by a YouTube channel from Iraq in October 2020. It was mentioned that the video features an Iraqi girl named Fatima Salam Shalan Al-Mousawi, crying at her mother's grave, who passed away after contracting the coronavirus.

Similarly, the channel shared another clip showing the same girl, explicitly stating that it depicts Fatima visiting her mother's grave three days after her passing. The channel added in the description that the girl's mother had passed away at the Najaf Emergency Hospital on October 8, 2020, due to complications from COVID-19.

Deadly Israeli Bombardment Targets Hospital and Residential Buildings in Southern Gaza

According to the Palestinian state news agency WAFA, intense Israeli bombardment and heavy fighting in the vicinity of a large hospital in southern Gaza resulted in the deaths of at least 29 individuals on Friday. Nasser Hospital, the largest remaining healthcare facility in Khan Younis, was subjected to "violent bombardment" by Israeli artillery and military vehicles, along with several residential buildings.

Khan Younis has been the focal point of Israel's recent ground operation, leading to the displacement of thousands of Gazans, many of whom had already been forced to flee from northern neighborhoods targeted in the initial offensive.

A United Nations human rights official reported on Friday that displaced Palestinians continue to pour into the overcrowded Rafah area near the Egyptian border by the thousands. They seek shelter in makeshift tents with limited access to food and clean water.

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