Daily Israel Report

BBC Warns – Gaza Photos Aren't Really from Gaza

Many of the graphic images being shared on social media are really from Syria or Iraq, finds the broadcaster.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 7/8/2014, 1:19 PM

Syrian man carries wounded boy
Syrian man carries wounded boy
Reuters

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) published a short report Tuesday in which it warned that many of the graphic images that are being shared on social media, purporting to show destruction that the IDF is wreaking in Gaza, are not in fact photos from Operation Protective Edge.

“Over the past week the hashtag #GazaUnderAttack has been used hundreds of thousands of times, often to distribute pictures claiming to show the effects of Israeli airstrikes on Gaza,” the BBC wrote. “A #BBCtrending investigation has found that many of these images are not from the latest conflict and not even from Gaza. Some date as far back as 2009 and others are from conflicts in Syria and Iraq.”