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Hamas uses images from war torn Iraq and Syria as Israeli attacks on Gaza

By Mason White 2:08 PM July 8, 2014
Incident from Syria erroneously claimed to have occurred in Gaza 

By: Aryeh Savir
(Scroll down for video) Hamas is trying to win over support by publishing photos of Israeli attacks on Gaza.

However, those photos were taken from war torn Syria and Iraq, the Tazpit News Agency reported.

A significant part of any battle nowadays is waged in the media, as each side tries to garner public support through the exploit of images and footage used to influence popular opinion.

A report by the BBC shows that Hamas in Gaza, is wasting no time in the current round of violence, and began to generate the imagery they use in their media battle. However, many of images are falsified.

“Graphic images are being shared on social media to show how people have been affected by the renewed tensions between Israel and the Palestinians,” the BBC writes. “Over the past week, the hashtag #GazaUnderAttack has been used hundreds of thousands of times, often to distribute pictures claiming to show the effects of Israeli airstrikes on Gaza.”

The hashtag has received 375,000 retweets in eight days. “A #BBCtrending investigation has found that many of these images are not from the latest conflict and not even from Gaza. Some date as far back as 2009, and others are from conflicts in Syria and Iraq.”

Hamas have gained a notorious reputation in this field. Tazpit’s Anav Silverman reported in 2012, that during Operation “Pillar of Defense,” Hamas used fake ‘Gaza’ photos with false headlines, which incited a flurry of comments on Facebook against Israel. The photos were of massacres that occurred in Syria, but were depicted as massacres of Gazan families by the IDF. Other such incidents occur persistently.