Fact Check: Footage Does NOT Show Israeli Air Force Striking Targets In Gaza In October 2023 -- It Is Video From Five Months Earlier

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  • by: Alexis Tereszcuk
Fact Check: Footage Does NOT Show Israeli Air Force Striking Targets In Gaza In October 2023 -- It Is Video From Five Months Earlier May 2023

Does a video of an explosion in an urban area with clouds of smoke and large pieces of debris hurled skyward show the Israeli Air Force striking terror targets in Gaza in October 2023? No, that's not true: The footage is from a May 2023 airstrike in the Gaza strip. It is not a video of airstrikes hitting Gaza as retaliation after Hamas attacked Israel on October 7, 2023.

The claim appeared in a video on Facebook on October 7, 2023. It opened with a caption on the video that read:

Israeli Air Force is striking terror targets in Gaza.
Israel has every right to defend itself against terrorism. I call on the international community to take a stand. #Isreal #Palestine #reelsfb #fypシ゚viralシ #myvlogvideo2023 #myfirstvlog2023 #reelsvideo #trendingreels #foryoupage #public

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

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(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Tue Oct 10 18:46:31 2023 UTC)

The footage is from a May 13, 2023, air strike conducted by Israel in northern Gaza and was published by The Associated Press on their verified YouTube account (archived here). The caption says it is from Beit Lahiya, Northern Gaza Strip on May 13, 2023, "Smoke and sand rising from explosion after Israeli airstrike targeted house in northern Gaza Strip."

The footage posted on Facebook matches the explosions shown on the AP video, with large smoky plumes billowing up from the buildings as screenshots show:

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(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Tue Oct 10 18:50:12 2023 UTC)

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(Source: YouTube screenshot taken on Tue Oct 10 18:52:34 2023 UTC)

Other Lead Stories articles on claims pertaining to the 2023 Hamas-Israel 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.

Read more about or contact Alexis Tereszcuk

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