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Claim: A photo showing bombs on display is part of the third batch of US military aid for Israel.
Why we fact-checked this: The claim is circulating on various social media websites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. One tweet posted on December 6 currently has 4.5 million views, 4,300 replies, 37 retweets, and 65,000 likes, as of writing.
The facts: The image is unrelated to the ongoing conflict in the Middle East. A reverse image search revealed that the photo was taken in October 2014 and uploaded on the website of the Kunsan Air Base in South Korea.
The caption of the original photo described “more than 80 Blu-109 and Mark-84 bombs” on display “at the Wolf Pack Munitions Storage Area, Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, following a successful emergency destruction of munitions simulation, Oct. 23, 2014.”
US on the Israel-Hamas war: As the international community warned of a growing humanitarian crisis, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly passed a resolution on December 12 calling for a ceasefire, with three-quarters of the 193 member states voting in favor.
The US and Israel, which say the ceasefire benefits Hamas, voted against the measure. The US vetoed a similar call for a ceasefire in the 15-member Security Council earlier in December.
Washington has vowed to support Israel since the conflict broke out, backing its ally with military support through pledges of aid and the sale of firearms. In recent weeks, however, US President Joe Biden criticized Israel’s “indiscriminate bombing” of Gaza, but stood firm on US support for Israel despite pressure from Democratic lawmakers.
US aid to Palestine: The Biden administration has pledged humanitarian assistance to displaced and conflict-affected people in Gaza and the West Bank through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
Rappler has debunked several false claims about the Israel-Hamas conflict:
- FACT CHECK: Video shows World Youth Day gathering, not Palestinian victims
- FACT CHECK: China calls for end to Israel-Hamas conflict
- FACT CHECK: Viral video of child rescue not from Israel-Hamas war
- FACT CHECK: Video of ‘Israel-Palestine conflict’ is just a game simulation
- FACT CHECK: Video shows Polish religious gathering, not pro-Israel rally
- FACT CHECK: ‘Video’ of Israel-Hamas war uses clip from shooting game
- FACT CHECK: No NATO attack vs Syria, Iran over Israel-Hamas war
- FACT CHECK: PH did not send helicopters for Israel’s war vs Hamas
– Ailla Dela Cruz/Rappler.com
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