FACT CHECK: No, This Video Does Not Show The Attack That Killed Hamas’ Deputy Leader

Anna Mock | Fact Check Reporter

A video shared on Facebook allegedly shows the attack that killed Hamas’ deputy leader Saleh al-Arouri. 

Verdict: False

The video is miscaptioned. It was originally posted in November 2023, when Israeli forces demolished the house of a man who helped plan a fatal shooting of two Israelis.

Fact Check: 

Arouri was assassinated by a suspected Israeli attack on Tuesday, with Hamas saying six other people were killed, including two military commanders, CBS News reported. Thousands of people attended Arouri’s funeral in Beirut, waving Palestinian and Hamas flags as Hamas vowed to retaliate, according to BBC.

A Facebook video claims to show the moment Arouri was killed. The video appears to show the outside of a building during nighttime when it’s hit by two subsequent blasts.

“WATCH — Footage is circulating of the moment when Hamas leader Saleh Al-Arouri was assassinated by an Israeli UAV air strike in Beirut,” the post reads.

The video is miscaptioned, however. The video was posted on Nov. 3 by the Palestine Chronicle, predating Arouri’s death this week. “The Israeli occupation forces blow up the home of prisoner Khaled Kharousha during their invasion of Askar camp, east of #Nablus,” the caption reads. (RELATED: Video Claims To Show Israel-Hamas War)

The Israeli Defense Forces in November demolished the house of Kharousha, who was charged with helping plan a shooting that killed two Israeli brothers in February 2023, according to The Times of Israel

Check Your Fact reached out to the Palestine Chronicle for comment and will update this piece accordingly if one is received. 

Anna Mock

Fact Check Reporter