FACT CHECK: Claims Of Mass IDF Casualties Lack Evidence
A post shared on X claims that the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have suffered thousands of casualties.
Many Israeli journalists write that the number of dead israeli soldiers is no less than 2,985 soldiers, and the number of wounded is 11,600 soldiers.
That is what the spokesman of Hamas also said, that the truth will soon reach the Israeli public.
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— Megatron (@Megatron_ron) November 20, 2023
There is no evidence that 2,985 soldiers have been killed. The IDF has publicly stated that hundreds of troops have died, with 70 of them during Israel’s invasion of the Gaza Strip as of publishing time.
Social media users are spreading claims that 2,985 Israeli troops have died during the Israel-Hamas war. One particular post reads, “Many Israeli journalists write that the number of dead israeli soldiers is no less than 2,985 soldiers, and the number of wounded is 11,600 soldiers. That is what the spokesman of Hamas also said, that the truth will soon reach the Israeli public.”
However, there is no evidence for this claim. If Israel had suffered 2,985 killed, media outlets would have covered it, yet none have. Check Your Fact also reviewed Israeli outlets such as the Times of Israel, the Jerusalem Post and Haaretz, and did not find any reporting on 2,985 Israeli soldiers killed.
Contrary to the post’s claim, Israeli outlets such as the Times of Israel have identified over 400 IDF troops killed during the Oct. 7 attacks and the Israeli ground invasion. 66 have come from the Israeli ground invasion of Gaza. 59 police officers have died as well, according to the outlet. Check Your Fact reviewed the website of the Al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, and did not find any claims that 2,985 Israeli troops had been killed. (Note: Check Your Fact is not linking to their website as Hamas has been designated a foreign terror organization by the State Department.)
The origin of the claim appears to be a tweet from an X account, though the post seems to have been deleted. A link from Twitter shows an image of X account’s tweet. (Note: This link is from a proposed Community Notes, which has not applied to the post.) (RELATED: Viral X Video Falsely Claims Hamas Destroyed 12 Israeli Military Vehicles In One Day)
“The claim is false. You can find reliable information regarding the matter on our website,” an IDF spokesperson told Check Your Fact in an email.
Check Your Fact reached out to the Times of Israel, the Jerusalem Post and Haaretz for comment and will update this article if responses are provided.