Fact Check: Video Does NOT Show Hamas Soldiers Parachuting Into Israel -- It's An Egyptian Military Academy Exercise 250 Miles Away

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  • by: Alexis Tereszcuk
Fact Check: Video Does NOT Show Hamas Soldiers Parachuting Into Israel -- It's An Egyptian Military Academy Exercise 250 Miles Away Egypt

Does a video show Hamas soldiers parachuting into Israel during the October 7, 2023, attack? No, that's not true: The footage is of a military exercise at a military academy in Egypt. The building the parachuters are shown flying around in the video is of the Egyptian military academy in Cairo, which is more than 250 miles from Israel.

The claim appeared in a video published on X, formerly known as Twitter, on October 8, 2023 (archived here) which opened:

NEW: INSANE footage shows Hamas soldiers parachuting down into Israel. This is truly scary to witness. What are your thoughts? #Palestine #Palestinian #IronDome #Gaza #TelAviv

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

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Twitter screenshot

(Source: Twitter screenshot taken on Mon Oct 9 19:04:36 2023 UTC)

At :05 in the video a building is shown, which Google maps identifies as the Military Academy in Egypt, see screenshot below:

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(Source: Twitter screenshot taken on Mon Oct 9 19:20:11 2023 UTC)

This matches a photograph of the Egyptian Military Academy on the Egyptian Armed Forces website (archived here):

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(Source: Egyptian Armed Forces Ministry of Defense screenshot taken on Mon Oct 9 19:15:22 2023 UTC)

Video released by the Al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas' military wing, purported to show how Hamas used motorized hang gliders to invade Israel. That video was published on multiple news outlets, including The Telegraph (archived here):

Other Lead Stories articles on claims pertaining to the 2023 Israel-Hamas conflict are here

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  Alexis Tereszcuk

Alexis Tereszcuk is a writer and fact checker at Lead Stories and an award-winning journalist who spent over a decade breaking hard news and celebrity scoop with RadarOnline and Us Weekly.

As the Entertainment Editor, she investigated Hollywood stories and conducted interviews with A-list celebrities and reality stars.  

Alexis’ crime reporting earned her spots as a contributor on the Nancy Grace show, CNN, Fox News and Entertainment Tonight, among others.

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