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Does This Image Show Oil Refineries in Israel’s Haifa on Fire? No!

We found that neither is the image recent nor does it show refineries in Hafia burning

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An image of a huge explosion is being shared on the internet with a claim that it shows oil refineries in Israel's Haifa on fire.

The post was shared by an X (formerly Twitter) premium user who captioned the image, "Haifa's occupied oil refineries are burning now. They are on fire. #Haifa #Fire."

We found that neither is the image recent nor does it show refineries in Hafia burning

An archive of the post can be found here.

(Source: X/ Screenshot)

The post had garnered over 16 thousand views on the platform, when this report was being written. You can view an archive of a similar post here.

What is the truth?: Neither is the image recent nor does it show refineries in Hafia burning. It could be traced back to 2003, when the United States launched airstrikes in Baghdad, Iraq.

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What led us to the truth?: We performed a reverse image search and found similar visuals uploaded on stock image website named 'Getty Images'.

  • The video was uploaded with a caption that said, "Shock and awe bombing campaign over Baghdad during Iraq war; 22 Mar 03."

We found that neither is the image recent nor does it show refineries in Hafia burning

According to its description, the video was created on 22 March 2003.

(Source: Getty Images/Screenshot)

Other sources: Team WebQoof used keywords on YouTube to search for visuals from the 2003 Iraq War.

  • We found the same visual shared on a video published on the official channel of 'Al Jazeera'.

  • It should be noted that the viral image, too, carried the watermark of the media organisation.

  • The video was uploaded on 19 March 2023 with a title that said, "Al Jazeera reporter reflects on key moments from the Iraq war | Al Jazeera Newsfeed."

We found that neither is the image recent nor does it show refineries in Hafia burning

The video was uploaded on 19 March 2023.

(Source: YouTube/Screenshot)

  • Cable News Network (CNN), too, had shared glimpses from the operation launched in 2003. A closer look showed us similar setting as seen in the viral image.

Conclusion: It is clear that the viral image is old and unrelated to the oil refineries in Israel.

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