FACT CHECK: Does Photo Show Tunnel Connecting Rafah To Egypt?

Joseph Casieri | Fact Check Reporter

A post shared on social media purportedly shows an image of a recently discovered tunnel leading from Rafah to Egypt.

Verdict: False

The claim is inaccurate. The tunnel connects northern Gaza to Israel.

Fact Check:

The International Court of Justice has recently called for Israel to halt their assault in Rafah due to an “immediate risk” to civilians, NBC News reported. They have no power to enforce the order, but have called the situation “catastrophic.”

A post shared on Facebook allegedly shows an image of a tunnel that was discovered between the Rafah in southern Gaza and Egypt. The image shows a tunnel with a sand floor and several pipes and wires throughout.

The caption reads, “One of the 50 highway-sized tunnels Israel has discovered connecting Rafah with Egypt.”

The claim is inaccurate. Getty Images describes in the caption of the image that the tunnel connects northern Gaza to Israel.

In December of 2023 the Israeli Defense Force discovered tunnels that stretched across the Erez crossing into Israel, according to EFE. The tunnel was used by Palestinians to commute, but was also used to attack Israel on Oct. 7. (RELATED: No, Video Does Not Show IDF Troops Celebrating Iranian President’s Helicopter Crash)

The IDF also reported that they recently discovered 50 tunnels that lead from Rafah into Egypt, according to The Foundation for Defense of Democracies. Around 700 tunnels were found in total.

This is not the first time misinformation has been shared online. Check Your Fact debunked a claim that the U.S. is transferring weapons to Israel through the Gaza pier.

Joseph Casieri

Fact Check Reporter