Fake News: This Is NOT Video Of Palestinian Terrorists In Gaza Firing 500 Rockets Into Civilian Areas In Israel

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  • by: Alan Duke
Fake News: This Is NOT Video Of Palestinian Terrorists In Gaza Firing 500 Rockets Into Civilian Areas In Israel

Does this video show Palestinian terrorists in Gaza firing 500 rockets into civilian areas in Israel? No, that's not true: This video shows military artillery firing missiles during a training exercise at Polessky firing range in the Republic of Belarus in March 2014.

The false claim circulated on social media after Palestinians fired hundreds of rockets from Gaza into Israel on May 4 and 5, 2019, including a post (archived here) where it was published on May 5, 2019. It read:

Palestinian terrorists in Gaza have fires some 500 rockets into civilian areas in Israel.
A 25-year-old man from the city of Ashdod, Pinchas Pshevizman, was killed.
Send the video around the world to see what we have to deal with, and then they accuse us of violence and disproportionate response.

This is what social media users saw:

Some well-connected Americans fell for the hoax, including former Trump campaign spokeswoman Katrina Pierson, who used the fake video in a tweet to attack U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar.

While there was certainly violence directed at Israel from Gaza, it was in the form of lesser rockets than the video depicts, which makes this fake news.

Not convinced? Here is a video of the same rocket firing at the same location. In case you don't read Russian, it is titled "Volley of the Hurricane Division."

Credit is due to Bellingcat researcher Alec Toler for tracking this video down:

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  Alan Duke

Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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