A disturbing video being shared on social media claims to show the execution of Palestinian civilians by Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
The video is being shared on Instagram with captions such as “Shooting and killing Gaza citizens in south Gaza by Hamas” and “After watching this video you will understand how evil Hamas is. Killing innocent Palestinian civilians”.
The graphic video shows several men who are bound and gagged being taken into an alley by people wearing military uniforms.
The victims are thrown into a pit full of tyres and shot. Many other bodies can be seen already in the mass grave.
However, the video is not from the ongoing conflict in the Middle East.
Scenes from the supposed video from Gaza clearly match the 2013 Syrian massacre footage, with the same alleyway and pit of tyres visible.
Hundreds of Syrian civilians were reportedly killed by Syrian Armed Forces during what is known as the “Tadamon massacre“.
The video shows a bearded man in army fatigues who has been identified as Assad regime military intelligence officer Amjad Yousef or Youssef, described as “one of the most prominent perpetrators” of the Syria massacre and “the killer of dozens of people“.
The US State Department has imposed sanctions on Yousef, with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken saying he was involved in “gross violations of human rights, namely extrajudicial killings“.
Claims a video shows the murder of Palestinian civilians by Hamas in the Gaza Strip are false.
The footage is from a massacre of civilians in Syria in 2013 that was widely reported when it was made public in 2022.
False – The claim is inaccurate.