FACT CHECK: No, Video Does Not Show A Turkey Warship En Route To Gaza To Defend Palestinians
A video shared on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, allegedly shows a Turkey warship moving towards Gaza to defend Palestinians in the conflict with Israel.
— Sarah Wilkinson (@swilkinsonbc) October 24, 2023
The footage was posted to YouTube 10 years ago and does not show a Turkish warship.
Israel announced that it is banning United Nations representatives from visiting the country after UN secretary general António Guterres said the Oct. 7 attack must be viewed from the lens of decades of occupation of the Palestinian people, according to The Guardian. Guterres called for a humanitarian ceasefire at a Security Council meeting, saying “clear violations of international humanitarian law” are ongoing, CNN reported.
A video shows varying angles of an aircraft carrier at sea and a CNN logo can be seen in the bottom right corner. “On Monday, Turkish president urges against indiscriminately attacking civilians in its war with Hamas militants in Gaza,” a voiceover says. The X caption reads, “Turkey moves a warship towards Gaza to defend Palestinian civilians against the ongoing israeli genocide.”
The video is miscaptioned, however. The original video was posted to YouTube in May 2013. The title indicates X-47B aircrafts were conducting landing tests on the USS George H.W. Bush aircraft carrier. Furthermore, this video does not have the same voiceover as the X video.
There are no credible news reports to corroborate the claim. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan recently called off a trip to Israel, criticizing Israel’s bombing of Gaza and defending Hamas, Al Jazeera reported. (RELATED: Post Claims To Show Palestinians Bombed While Getting Water)
Check Your Fact has reached out to spokespeople for Erdoğan and the Turkey Disaster and Emergency Management Authority for comment and will update this piece accordingly if one is received from either source.
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