FACT CHECK: Does This Video Show Israel Evacuating A Gaza Air Base?
A video shared on social media purportedly shows that an Israeli Air base in Gaza is evacuating.
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The claim is inaccurate.
Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant has ordered a “complete siege” of Gaza in the wake of the Iranian-backed Hamas attack on Israel. CNN reports that the Israeli military is planning a response after they claim to have retaken control of the communities that were attacked. Gallant said that electricity, food, water and fuel supplies in Gaza will be halted.
The Twitter post shows ground transportation of a jet allegedly from an air base in Gaza that is being evacuated due to the recent attack on Israel. The caption reads, “Breaking: Israeli Defence forces are now evacuating Air Bases near Gaza as thousands of #Hamas #terrorists flood into Israel. The situation is deteriorating rapidly.”
This video is miscaptioned. There is no credible news report that suggests this video has been taken during the ongoing attack in Israel. The video predates that attack and the video was shared on YouTube on Sept. 19. The video’s title simply states “Ground Transport of F-16 Fighter Jets in Southern Israel.”
This is not the first time misinformation has been shared online. Check Your Fact debunked a claim that Joe Biden provided Israel with $8 billion in military aid after the recent attack.
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