BBC Report: Palestinian supporters using false images on Twitter #OperationProtectiveEdge

The BBC has reported that many of the photos are not from the present Gaza conflict & many others are taken from Iraq or Syria conflicts.

 

The BBC has warned that Palestinians in Gaza and their supporters are using false images on Twitter to garner sympathy for their cause.

Gaza on Twitter

Some of the images posted on Twitter under the #gazaunderattack hashtag. – Photo: BBC Screenshot

Many of the images that supposedly show Gaza under bombardment over the past week are neither current nor from Gaza, the global news organization wrote.

“Some of the images are of the current situation in Gaza,” the BBC said, “but a #BBCtrending analysis has found that some date as far back as 2009 and others are from conflicts in Syria and Iraq.”

Israel has been bombing Gaza for the past week in response to rocket attacks from the coastal strip.

“Graphic images are being shared on social media to show how people have been affected by the renewed tensions between Israel and the Palestinians,” the BBC wrote.

“Over the past week the hashtag #GazaUnderAttack has been used hundreds of thousands of times, often to distribute pictures claiming to show the effects the airstrikes.”

The hashtag has been retweeted more than 375,000 times in the past eight days.

 

View original HAARETZ publication at: http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/1.603796

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