In the weeks since Hamas’ Oct. 7 attack on Israel, reports of beheaded babies have spread widely in the news and on social media. PolitiFact examined what we know about the reports and how officials have addressed them.
Israel bombed Palestinian children trying to get water.
CLAIM: A video shows a soldier being thrown to the ground as an airstrike hits an Israeli tank. AP’S ASSESSMENT: False.
Misinformation about the latest Israel-Hamas war is thriving on social media platforms, which often crowd out real reporting from the conflict.
CLAIM: British newspaper The Independent recently published a front page showing which countries back a ceasefire in the latest Israel-Hamas war, with 189 nations listed as “Yes” and the United States, United Kingdom and Israel under “No.”
En Español: La declaración que Hamas decapitó a 40 bebés no es verificada y surgió de una reportera que citó a soldados israelíes. Las Fuerzas de Defensa de Israel dijeron que Hamas asesinó niños, pero no confirmó si fueron decapitados.
CLAIM: A video shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un saying in a speech that he blames President Joe Biden for the latest Israel-Hamas war and other foreign conflicts, and that he supports Donald Trump for president in 2024.
Video shows CNN interviewing “actors.”
The claim that Hamas beheaded 40 babies during its Oct. 7 attack on Israel was amplified by U.S. and Israeli leaders, media and celebrities. But the report has not been corroborated. Here’s what we know.
CLAIM: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened to intervene in the Israel-Hamas war. AP’S ASSESSMENT: False.
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Does a photo published on social media show Palestinian children killed during the Israel-Hamas conflict that began on October 7, 2023? No, that's not true: While the image does depict children who lost their lives in the Middle East, it