A pair of pictures are circulating with the false assertion that Israeli Colonel Yair Shalam, the commander of the attack on Gaza, has been arrested.
Wajidkhan (“@realwajidkhan“) made a tweet from Valhalla Hebrew website, claming that on the edge of the Bridge Camp, the Israeli army took a terrible hit. Like the toys and dolls, the army tanks are on fire. The commander of the attack on Borez Camp, Colonel Yair Shalam, was reportedly taken hostage. The two images are also being shared by the user. The tweet was made on Oct 28, 2023 and has received an about 59.8k views on X.
वल्लाह हिब्रू वेबसाइट: 📍— Wajidkhan (@realwajidkhan) October 28, 2023
📌 "ब्रिज कैंप के बाहरी इलाके में इज़रायली सेना को विनाशकारी झटका लगा सेना के टैंक खिलौनों और गुड़िया की तरह जल रहे है..
📌 "बोरेज कैंप पर हमले के सरगना कर्नल यायर शालम को बंधक बनाने की सूचना मिली"
हे अल्लाह, अंसार अल-इस्लाम और मुसलमानों को कामयाबी… pic.twitter.com/ZrtNSplfx5
@MdShadabFarooqi tweeted the two images with the caption ” Valhalla Hebrew website: The Israeli army suffered a devastating blow on the outskirts of the Bridge Camp Army tanks are burning like toys and dolls Colonel Yair Shalam, the leader of the attack on the HaBorez camp, is reported to have been taken hostage O Allah, Ansar al-Islam and Muslims Give success to.”
वल्लाह हिब्रू वेबसाइट: ब्रिज कैंप के बाहरी इलाके में इज़रायली सेना को विनाशकारी झटका लगा सेना के टैंक खिलौनों और गुड़िया की तरह जल रहे हैबोरेज कैंप पर हमले के सरगना कर्नल यायर शालम को बंधक बनाने की सूचना मिली हे अल्लाह, अंसार अल-इस्लाम और मुसलमानों को कामयाबी अता फरमाए। pic.twitter.com/qbXr5c8Uwb— शादाब अहमद फारूकी। india (@MdShadabFarooqi) October 28, 2023
Several other verified accounts on twitter, including Iftekhat Ahmed (“@AhemdIftekhar“), Mr_CooL (“@MR_CooL77777“) made the same claim that according to the Valhalla Hebrew website, On the outskirts of the Bridge Camp, the Israeli army was dealt a devastating blow. Army tanks are catching fire like toys and dolls.The mastermind behind the attack on Borez Camp, Colonel Yair Shalam, has been taken hostage. The archive can be read from above.
What is the Actual Reality About the Incident? : Fact
The truth is, those photos are not associated with any ongoing conflict and belong to separate people.
The first picture features politician Viktor Medvedchuk from Ukraine, who has been living in exile in Russia since September 2022. He has stated that Putin is the godfather of his daughter, who was detained by Ukraine. The second picture shows former Israel Defence Forces (IDF) major general Yair Golan.
We visited ntnews which attached the video of the same viral image with the headline “Putin’s right hand man captured in Ukraine”. The original video is from April 13, 2022.
Another viral picture was published in an article by THE WASHINGTON INSTITUTE for Near East Policy. The image features Former Israel Defence Forces (IDF) major general Yair Golan served as a military fellow at The Washington Institute in 2017. General Golan was the IDF’s deputy chief of staff before.
D-Intent’s Fact-Checking Results:
1271— D-Intent Data (@dintentdata) October 28, 2023
FACT: Two images are being shared with the misleading claim that Israeli Colonel Yair Shalam, who was the commander of the attack on #Gaza, has been arrested. Fact is those images belong to different individuals, unrelated to ongoing conflict.(1/3) pic.twitter.com/8W4WAL1zXI
Anti-Israel accounts are sharing out-of-context images and claims to be related with the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine.
Claim : The false assertion that Israeli Colonel Yair Shalam, the commander of the attack on Gaza, has been arrested is being spread via two photos.
Fact : The photographs are not associated with any ongoing conflict and actually belong to separate individuals. The first image is of Ukrainian politician Viktor Medvedchuk, who has been living in exile in Russia since September 2022 and has claimed Putin is the godfather of his daughter, who was detained by Ukraine. The second image depicts Yair Golan, a former IDF major general.