A Facebook video purports to show Israel’s ground invasion in Gaza, including a raid on a mosque.
This is false. The footage is actually from the Iraq War almost 20 years ago.
The content of the video is an eight-hour loop of about seven minutes of war footage.
The main clip, showing soldiers raiding a mosque with a prominent golden dome and minarets, is spliced between shorter montages of Middle East war footage.
At multiple points in the video, soldiers can be heard speaking English with American accents.
A reverse image search of the video reveals the scene is not from Gaza or Israel.
The correctly labelled footage was posted on YouTube in 2020.
The offensive on Samarra, north of Baghdad, was waged by US and Iraqi government forces against Ba’ath Party militants, who took the city following the capture of their leader and former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.
The Al-Askari Shrine – sometimes called the Golden Mosque – is known for its distinct golden dome, which can be seen at several points in the video.
The claim a Facebook video shows Israel’s ground offensive in Gaza, including a raid on a mosque, is false.
The footage is from the Iraq War, primarily of a raid on the Al-Askari Shrine in 2004.
False – The claim is inaccurate.