An analysis by the BBC has uncovered that many of the images posted under the hashtag #GazaUnderAttack aren’t recent — and weren’t even taken in Gaza.
The hashtag has been used “hundreds of thousands of times,” the BBC reported, providing a platform for those sharing photographs of what they purport to be destruction caused by Israeli strikes launched in recent days in response to sustained rocket attacks by Hamas and other Palestinian terrorist groups in Gaza.
“Some of the images are of the current situation in Gaza, but a #BBCtrending analysis has found that some date as far back as 2009 and others are from conflicts in Syria and Iraq,” the BBC reported.
A BBC examination found that many photos posted on Twitter purporting to be from Gaza this month were really file photos or showed other battlefields. (Image source: BBC)
Misrepresented photos are not unique to the Israel-Palestinian conflict.
“We’ve seen this before in Syria, in Iraq. You’ve got to keep an eye on who you’re following and where did this picture come from,” BBC Arabic correspondent Abdiraheem Saeed said.
Here are the BBC’s findings: