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2014 Video of Massive Ukrainian Grad Barrage Shared as Iran Attacking Israel

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18th April 2024
2014 Video of Massive Ukrainian Grad Barrage Shared as Iran Attacking Israel
The video is unrelated to the Iranian attack (X)

The Claim

A video shows Iran's attack on Israel.

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Amid the recent tensions between Iran and Israel, social media users widely circulated a video clip showing Iran's retaliatory drone and missile attacks against Israel. 

The official account of the Israeli occupation forces has also shared this clip as part of a compilation featuring Iran's massive attack on Israel. The video has garnered more than two million views.

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Misbar’s Analysis

Misbar investigated the viral footage and found the claim to be misleading.

After conducting a thorough reverse image search, Misbar’s team found the video making the rounds to be outdated and unrelated to the recent unrest between Iran and Israel.

Old Video of Massive Ukrainian Grad Barrage

Despite the widespread claim, the video in question is not recent. In fact, it dates back to November 2014. 

Conflict News, an X account known for its coverage of conflicts, uploaded a screenshot of the original video on November 30, 2014. The caption of the photo indicates that it depicts a "Massive Ukrainian Grad barrage against #NAF positions in eastern #Ukraine."

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A screenshot of the original video (X)

A YouTube channel also uploaded the original footage on December 2, 2014.

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A screenshot of the original video (YouTube)

Iran Attacks Israel With Heavy Missiles and Drones

Following an Israeli airstrike on the Iranian consulate in Damascus that resulted in the deaths of several military commanders, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's supreme leader, used his Eid al-Fitr sermon to condemn the attack. He vowed retaliation, with the broadcast of his sermon capturing the knowing grin of Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, who commands the aerospace forces of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

A few days later, on Sunday, Iran launched 300 drones and long-range missiles towards Israel. This marked the first instance of Iran directly attacking Israel from its own territory rather than through proxies in Iraq, Syria, or Lebanon. 

While Israeli jets, supported by American, British, French, and Jordanian forces, managed to intercept most of the drones and missiles.

It is reported that Israel spent over $1 billion to defend itself against an attack by Iran.

Israel Vows to Respond, U.S. Warns Israel of Retaliation

An Israeli government official from the prime minister’s office stated that while no definitive decision has been reached regarding Israel's response to Iran's attack, it is evident that a response will be forthcoming. The IOF will be tasked with presenting various options. The official emphasized that Israel's reaction is inevitable.

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A screenshot of the Guardian’s article.

According to an Israeli official speaking to NBC News, Israel will indeed retaliate against Iran's attack, but specific details regarding the scale and timing of the response have yet to be determined. 

Reports indicate that U.S. President Joe Biden has cautioned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu against engaging in a retaliatory strike against Iran without U.S. support. American officials are briefing journalists on Biden's concerns that Netanyahu may be aiming to drag the United States into a broader conflict.

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