Amid the devastating Israel-Hamas conflict, a video showing multiple high-rise buildings collapsing to the ground is being shared with the claim that it happened because of Israeli airstrikes in Palestine.
How did we find out?: We divided the viral video into key frames and ran a Google reverse image search on some of them.
The results led us to multiple old TikTok videos which we accessed using a virtual private network (VPN).
One of the TikTok videos had "15 buildings demolished in Kunming, China" written over it and was uploaded on 16 August. (TikTok did not mention the year).
With a relevant keyword search, we came across news reports that mentioned the demolition of the fifteen high rises in Kunming.
The Paper published a report on 30 August 2021 that the fifteen buildings had been "unfinished for seven years and then were demolished." These buildings were in the second phase of Liyang Star City in Kunming.
Latest updates on Israel and Palestine: As of Thursday, 2:09 PM India Standard Time (IST), Israel has said it will not release any resources, including electricity into Gaza until Hamas 'releases all captives.'
Amid the heavy bombardment, Al Jazeera has reported that due to the power blackout, ‘hospitals risk turning into morgues.'
Conclusion: While we could not get an independent verification of the date of the incident, we could confirm that the video is from China and it predates the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas.