Fact Check: No Evidence North Korea Attacked Israel With Ballistic Missiles

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  • by: Rebaz Majeed
Fact Check: No Evidence North Korea Attacked Israel With Ballistic Missiles No Attack

Did North Korea attack Israel with ballistic missiles? No, that's not true. There is no record or evidence that indicates North Korea launching any missile against Israel. No missiles have fallen on Israel from North Korea as of April 26, 2023.

The claim that North Korea attacked Israel with ballistic missiles appeared in an arabic language video (archived here) where it was published by an account on TikTok, on April 23, 2023 under the title "North Korea again. Kim Jong-un starts the war" in Arabic.

This is what the post looked like on TikTok at the time of writing:

TikTok screenshot

(Source: TikTok screenshot taken on Mon Apr 24 18:46:58 2023 UTC)

The narration of the video translated into english says:

"Today, North Korea launched a ballistic missile towards the occupying Israel and it reached the center of Tel Aviv. This incident has caused significant fear and horror in the depths of Israel."

The video also claims that, according to Israeli media outlets, tens of people have died in the attack.

The claim and similar ones, such as Kim Jong-un has ordered or threatened to attack Israel, have been shared by many other accounts on the platform. However, there is no record or evidence indicating that yesterday Israel's Tel Aviv been hit with ballistic missiles from North Korea.

  Rebaz Majeed

Rebaz Majeed is a fact-checker at Lead Stories. He is a multilingual freelance journalist and researcher. He worked for five years as a reporter for Voice of America (VOANews) in Iraq. Currently, he is pursuing his MA in Interdisciplinary Studies of the Middle East at Free Berlin University. Rebaz brings extensive knowledge and expertise to his role at LeadStories.

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