Old photo of Syrian bomb survivor misrepresented as wounded Palestinian girl
One user said girl ‘was disfigured by white phosphorus bombing’ by Israel
Claim: An image shows a Palestinian girl whose face and arm were maimed during Israel’s war against Hamas that started in October 2023.
Fact: The image is old and from Syria. It is not related to the ongoing Israel-Hamas war.
The post comes amid the current Israel-Hamas war, which has become (archive) “the longest, bloodiest, and most destructive conflict” between the two enemies.
According to a 19 December 2023 update — the latest — by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), more than 19,600 Palestinians have been killed and over 52,500 injured since the 7 October attack. Similarly, at least 1,200 Israelis have been killed and upwards of 5,400 injured.
Fact or Fiction?
Soch Fact Check reverse-searched the image and found that it was posted on X over seven years ago.
“A little Syrian girl survived a Russian napalm attack but will be marked for life. #Assadcrimes #Syria”
Therefore, the image has no link to the ongoing Israel-Hamas war.
Soch Fact Check found that the @Kahlissee’s post has received over 1.1 million times as of the time of writing.
We also found another viral X post, which was shared on 21 January 2024 and has been viewed over 381,600 times. The user claimed (archive) the child in the image “was disfigured by white phosphorus bombing, courtesy of Israel”.
Conclusion: The image of a young girl with a maimed arm and face is old and from Syria. It is not related to the ongoing Israel-Hamas war.
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