Fact Check: Video Of 2 Men Killed By Tank Shell Is NOT From 2023 Hamas-Israel Conflict

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  • by: Rebaz Majeed
Fact Check: Video Of 2 Men Killed By Tank Shell Is NOT From 2023 Hamas-Israel Conflict Old Video

Is a video on social media showing a medical worker and a journalist under bombardment related to the Hamas-Israel conflict in late 2023? No, that's not accurate. The video is from an Al Jazeera documentary released in 2016 about an event in Gaza in 2014.

The claim appeared in a video (archived here) published on TikTok by @user1460602497768 on October 26, 2023, with a caption (translated from Arabic to English by Lead Stories staff) that read:

Two Palestinians - a Doctor and a Journalist were killed due to the IDF strikes, 26/10/2023

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

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(Source: TikTok screenshot taken on Thu Nov 9 12:09:18 2023 UTC)

The claim on TikTok was widely shared following the Hamas attack on Israel on October 7, 2023, such as here, here and here.

In the bottom left corner, the Al Jazeera watermark is visible, and a Google reverse image search (archived here) shows the original video was part of a 46-minute 36-second documentary on YouTube, published by Al Jazeera on July 20, 2016, titled "Gaza: The Last Picture l Al Jazeera World." The video in this post appears between the 32:56 and 33:39 marks in the original Al Jazeera documentary.

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(Source: YouTube screenshot taken on Fri Nov 10 09:40 2023 UTC)

An Al Jazeera article dated August 5, 2014, titled "Palestinians decry Gaza journalist killings," reports on the two people in the video:

Twenty-four-year-old Khaled Hamad worked for a local media company in Gaza City called 'Continue' Production Films. He was killed alongside 28-year-old ambulance driver Fouad Jaber when an Israeli tank shell struck the ambulance in which they were travelling.

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  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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