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Hundreds of civilians have been killed on either side of the bloody struggle triggered when Hamas gunmen launched an unprecedented assault on Israel on October 7 from the Gaza Strip, seizing greater than 220 hostages. A video circulating on social media exhibiting chaotic scenes, nonetheless, just isn’t associated to the battle. The footage the truth is reveals clips from a non secular competition in India and an oil tanker explosion in Nigeria.

Israel struggle state of affairs right now,” reads a Burmese-language Facebook post from October 9 which has greater than 2,800 shares.

The video reveals large crowds of individuals packed collectively on the street, pushing and shoving. It then cuts to a clip of big fires blazing subsequent to a busy street.

Textual content superimposed on the video says “Proper now in Israel” in Burmese and Portuguese.

<span>Screenshot of a false post, taken on October 19, 2023</span>

Screenshot of a false publish, taken on October 19, 2023

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Israel says Hamas militants killed 1,400 individuals, principally civilians, once they stormed throughout the border on October 7 in an unprecedented assault. Greater than 220 hostages had been additionally seized.

Greater than 8,000 individuals have been killed in retaliatory Israeli strikes on the territory, a lot of them youngsters, based on the Hamas well being ministry.

The footage circulatedly broadly on Fb in Myanmar, together with here, here and here, and in Thailand here and here.

Nevertheless, the scenes will not be associated to the battle.

India competition

A reverse picture search and key phrase search on Google discovered a YouTube video which mentioned the group footage was filmed at a competition in India.

The video, posted on June 23, is titled “Baripada, ratha yatra 2023” — a reference to Ratha Yatra celebrations in

The YouTube video was revealed with a caption saying it reveals Ratha Yatra celebrations within the metropolis of Baripada in japanese India.

Also called the chariot competition, Ratha Yatra is one in all India’s greatest and oldest annual spiritual festivals, the place Hindu devotees pull ornate chariots carrying deities via the streets.

The Ratha Yatra in Baripada, which was celebrated from June to July 2023, is exclusive for permitting feminine devotees to tug one of many chariots (archived link).

Beneath is a screenshot comparability of the video in false posts (left) and within the YouTube video (proper):

<span>Screenshot comparison of the scene as seen in the video in the misleading post (left) and in the original YouTube video (right).</span>

Screenshot comparability of the scene as seen within the video within the deceptive publish (left) and within the authentic YouTube video (proper).

Google Road View pictures confirm the video was taken in Baripada (archived link).

Beneath is a screenshot comparability of the YouTube video (left) to the picture from Google Road View (proper), with comparable options highlighted by AFP:

<span>the screenshot comparison of the YouTube video (left) to the image from Google Street view with similar features highlighted by AFP</span>

the screenshot comparability of the YouTube video (left) to the picture from Google Road view with comparable options highlighted by AFP

Kalinga TV — a broadcaster primarily based in Odisha in japanese India — additionally posted a report on YouTube channel on June 21, exhibiting the identical chariot on the 1:02 mark because the one within the false video (archived link).

Nigeria oil tanker explosion

A reverse picture and key phrase search on Google discovered a clip exhibiting the identical scene of fires burning on the facet of a street published by Nigerian information outlet TrustTV on July 25 (archived link).

The video is titled: “Ondo tanker explosion: 8 killed whereas scooping spilled gas at Ore Benin Expressway.”

“The explosion was mentioned to have occurred when the victims rushed to scoop gas from the tankers, which had skidded off its lane and crashed,” the video’s caption reads.

Beneath is a screenshot comparability of the scene as seen within the false video (left) and within the video from TrustTV (proper):

<span>Screenshot comparison of the scene as seen in the misleading video (left) and in the video from TrustTV (right).</span>

Screenshot comparability of the scene as seen within the deceptive video (left) and within the video from TrustTV (proper).

Scooping gas from visitors accidents has resulted in quite a few casualties in Nigeria, the place the value of petrol doubled since June 1 after President Bola Tinubu ended a subsidy on gasoline, Nigeria’s Guardian newspaper reported (archived link).

The scenes within the video additionally match Google Street View images of the freeway in Nigeria’s Ondo state (archived link).

Beneath is a screenshot comparability of the scene as seen within the false video (left) and on Google Road View (proper) with the similarities highlighted by AFP:

<span>Screenshot comparison of the image from the second video (left) and Google Street View image (right) </span>

Screenshot comparability of the picture from the second video (left) and Google Road View picture (proper)

By Maggi

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