Following the Oct. 7 Hamas attack against Israel, video games and old warfare footage are being mischaracterized to claim they show recent violence in the Middle East.
Among them is a video shared in an Oct. 9 Instagram post showing what looks like rapid rocket fire at night.
“Second night of missiles attacks against Israel,” text over the video says.
“Thousands of missiles are being fired by Palestinian Hamas at Israeli civilians from Gaza,” the post said. “Share this with the world — what mainstream media refuses to share.”
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The video has been online since 2020.
On Feb. 28 of that year, a YouTube account shared the video and described it as showing Syria.
Other online posts from that year show stills of the video and similarly put the action in Syria.
What we know for sure: This isn’t a recent video of Hamas attacking Israel.
We rate that claim False.