Disinformation as if Hamas Warned Israeli Festival Attendees Before the Attack

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On October 10, 2023, a Georgian-language Facebook account shared a video, claiming that the participants of the music festival held in Israel on October 7 were warned by Hamas police about the impending danger, which, according to the author of the post, can be seen in the video. “The media reports otherwise that Hamas attacked them,” – we read in the post.

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The claim that Hamas police warned attendees of a music festival in Israel of impending danger is disinformation. In reality, the gunmen shown in the video urging people to leave the area are festival security officers.

One of the first victims of the attack launched by Hamas on Israel on October 7 were the participants of the “Supernova” music festival in the Negev desert. Terrorists opened fire on the territory of the festival, as a result of which, according to the Israeli side, at least 260 civilians were killed, and dozens were taken hostage. Before the attack and during the attack, many videos were circulated on social networks. A number of prominent international media outlets, including the BBC and the Guardian, have analyzed the viral footage, which shows that festival attendees were told to leave the area by security officers hired by the event, not by Hamas.

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On October 7, 2023, the terrorist group Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, launched a surprise attack on Israel. Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh said the attack was a response to Israel’s attacks on Al-Aqsa Mosque. He claimed that Israel was determined to take over this mosque, which the Palestinian people would not allow. The offensive, which began with massive rocket attacks on Jewish cities, continued with the breaching of the Gaza-Israel border and attacks by Hamas gunmen on civilians and Israeli bases, resulting in the terrorists killing more than 1,200 people and kidnapping 150. Israel responded by declaring war, regaining control of the border, and killing up to 1,500 Hamas fighters. More than 950 Palestinians died after the bombing of the Gaza Strip. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed that Israel would destroy Hamas and take revenge for the attack.

About the Source

The Facebook account “Nacnobi Upnobi” aka “Fantina” together with her other accounts (1, 2, 3) often spreads disinformation and conspiracies, which “Myth Detector” has debunked many times in the past (1, 2, 3).

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Country: Israel, Palestine

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