Fact Check: Video, Photo Do NOT Show Iranian Aerial Attack On Israel On April 13, 2024 -- They Predate Barrage By A Day

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  • by: Uliana Malashenko
Fact Check: Video, Photo Do NOT Show Iranian Aerial Attack On Israel On April 13, 2024 -- They Predate Barrage By A Day Old Footage

Did a viral post share authentic visuals of Iranian drones in the sky over Israel during Iran's aerial attack of April 13, 2024? No, that's not true: Those images and clips had been circulating on social media for at least half a day before the attack. At the time they were used with reports about an unrelated event involving flares being launched in a search operation.

The claim appeared in a post (saved here) on X, formerly known as Twitter, on April 13, 2024. It opened:

the moment #Israel is under attack from Yemen, Iraq, Lebanon and Iran

wold war WWII expected

#Israel #Iran #Iranian #IranAttack #IraniansStandWithIsrael

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

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Twitter screenshot

(Source: X screenshot taken on Sat Apr 13 22:36:33 2024 UTC)

The news about the beginning of Iran's attack on Israel broke minutes after 3:30 pm EST on April 13, 2024 (saved here.) In Israel, which is 7 hours ahead, it was also April 13, around 10:30 pm local time.

However, the video that was claimed as documentation of the Iranian attack had already been online on April 12, 2024 (saved here.)

So did another -- lighter -- image depicting what appears to be a flame in the sky over a building located next to a mountain. It was shared by at least two accounts on X here (saved here) and here (saved here) a day before the attack.

Iranian drones do not travel at the speed of light, nor can they time-travel. As initial reports (archived here) pointed out, they would need "hours" to travel roughly 1,100 miles (1,800 km) to reach Israel.

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  Uliana Malashenko

Uliana Malashenko is a New York-based freelance writer and fact checker.

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