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Dated tanker video misrepresented as Huthi, Islamic Resistance attack

Screenshot of an X post taken June 10, 2024

A video flowing on social networks claims to reveal a ship ablaze near Haifa in Israel after being targeted by Yemen’s Huthi rebels and the Islamic Resistance of Iraq. This is incorrect; the clip is from 2019 and illustrates gas tankers that ignited throughout a fuel transfer.

“Yemen and Iraq effectively targeted 2 Isr*aeli ships bring mili*tary devices for the Isr*ael in the port of Ha*ifa,” states a June 6, 2024 post sharing the video on X.

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Screenshot of an X post taken June 10, 2024

The claim spread somewhere else on X and Facebook, consisting of in Thai, Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, French and Indonesian.

Given That November 2023, the Huthis have actually assaulted delivering around the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden. They state their actions remain in uniformity with Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, where Israel has actually been at war with the militant group Hamas given that October 7.

United States and British forces have actually reacted with strikes versus the rebels, who have actually given that stated American and British interests to be targets also. The attacks have actually triggered some shipping business to detour around southern Africa to prevent the Red Sea, a path that usually brings about 12 percent of international trade.

The Huthis declared in early June 2024 that they and the Islamic Resistance of Iraq, a loose alliance of pro-Iran groups, collectively introduced 2 attacks on ships bring military devices in Israel’s Haifa port.

However the Israeli military informed several media outlets the claim was incorrect (archived here and here) — and the video dispersing online is not current.

A reverse image and keyword search exposed the video, credited to Reuters, in a January 22, 2019 Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty report (archived here).

2 business ships — the Genius and Kandy, running under the Tanzanian flag — ignited January 21, 2019 near the Kerch Strait, which links the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov off the coast of Crimea.

The fire broke out as one vessel moved fuel to the other, driving both teams to leap overboard. Fourteen individuals were eliminated.

AFP has actually unmasked other false information about the Israel-Hamas war here.

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