Video of a huge crowd chanting slogans in Al-Aqsa is old
Video From Ramzan 2023 resurfaced after Hamas launched an attack against Israel
Claim: Social media video shows thousands of people gathered in Masjid Al-Aqsa and chanting slogans of “Labaik Ya Allah” after Hamas attacked Israel on 7 October 2023.
Fact: The claim is misleading because the video is old, from April 2023. The crowd shows people praying during the last nights of Ramzan in Al-Aqsa Mosque.
On 7 October 2023, the Al Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, launched an attack on Israel by sea, air, and land. The Israeli government then officially declared war against Hamas and struck Gaza on 8 October 2023.
Fact or Fiction?
فلسطین: مسجد اقصیٰ میں لاکھوں لوگ جمع ہوگئے.
فضا اللّٰہ اکبر کے نعروں سے گونج اٹھی!
Translated [Subhan Allah! Palestine: Millions of people gathered in Al-Aqsa Mosque. The mosque echoed with slogans of Allahu Akbar]
The video shows combined footage of Al-Aqsa Mosque during twilight and nighttime.
The post was also shared on YouTube, Instagram, and X (formerly Twitter), implying that it shows a huge crowd of Palestinians gathered in Al-Aqsa Mosque after the situation escalated into a war between Hamas and Israel.
Soch Fact Check conducted a reverse image search on the keyframes of the video but could not find any evidence that it was widely shared before 7 October 2023. However, a watermark “Fawaz Tobasy” could be seen in the video.
The same videos were published by the photographer on his Facebook page and Instagram account on 18 April 2023. The Arabic language hashtag #مشاهد_من_احياء_ليلة_القدر_في (Scenes from the Night of Qadr revelation) also indicates that these images and videos are from the last 10 nights of Ramazan, also known as Lailatul Qadar.
Conclusion: An old video from April 2023 of a huge crowd congregating in Al-Aqsa Mosque for Ramzan, is being misleadingly shared as people gather after the Israel-Hamas war began in October 2023.
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