Fact Check: Old, irrelevant images were shared as the Turkish army headed for Gaza
Amid escalating Israel-Gaza tensions, Turkey has called on the United Nations and Muslim countries to take a clear stance on Gaza.
In this context, a set of three images featuring military vehicles was shared on social media with a claim that the Turkish force was coming to Gaza.
Ang caption in one such set of images, along with a poster supporting Palestine, reads the following: “Turkish Army to Gaza #FreePalestinian #FreeGaza”
The India Today Anti Fake News War Room (AFWA) has found that the claims along with the images are misleading. While the Turkish president’s office said Turkey was cooperating with telephone diplomacy in a bid to end the Israel-Gaza conflict, Turkey has so far not sent force to Gaza.
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According to the latest report by Reuters, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan called on the United Nations and Muslim countries to act as soon as possible against the conflict between Israel and Gaza. The president also said he had discussed the matter with the governments or heads of 19 countries. However, we have seen no reports that Turkey has sent military forces to Gaza.
We then did a reverse image search of the three images of military vehicles that were shared along with the viral post and found that the images were old and unrelated to the Israel-Gaza conflict.
We found the same image carried multiple media reports in the first week of May 2021 from Russia.
According to the report published on May 6, 2021 of Global Times, the images show a rehearsal held on May 4 of Russian military vehicles for the Victory Day parade in Moscow, Russia. Marking the end of World War II and the victory of the Allied Forces in 1945, each year Russia held Victory Day parades in various cities on May 9.
With the help of Russia’s search engine Yandex, we learned that the second image in the post, showing a uniformed man posing in front of a fighter jet, was taken in 2020 from a military base in Turkey.
According to reports, ang image shows Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar posing in front of a fighter jet at a military airbase in the western city of Eskisehir, Turkey on September 2, 2020. The image was clicked during a mission to training.
The third image in the post was found at many reports attributed to Reuters. According to these reports, the image shows the Turkish army patrolling a Kurdish area of southeast of Turkey.
Therefore, it is clear that the images shared with the claim are not related to the Israel-Gaza conflict. Also, there are no credible reports confirming the claim that Turkey is sending military forces to Gaza.
ClaimsThe images show the Turkish army heading towards Gaza.ConclusionThese images are old and unrelated to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan called on the United Nations and Muslim countries to act against the conflict between Israel and Gaza. However, so far Turkey has not sent any force to Gaza.
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