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No, This Video Does Not Show Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu's Nephew Being Shot

This is an old video from 2019 and is unrelated to the ongoing Israel-Hamas war.

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A video showing a sniper being shot in the head is going viral on social media to claim that this is a recently released footage amid the ongoing Israel-Hamas war.

The claim states that it shows Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's nephew, Captain Yair Netanyahu, being shot by Palestinian soldier.

An archive can be seen here.

(Source: X/Screenshot)

(Archives of similar posts can be seen here and here.)

What's the truth?: This video predates the ongoing war and dates back to 2019.

  • According to the reports, this footage shows an Israeli soldier being targeted by a Palestinian soldier and not the Israeli PM's nephew.

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How did we find out the truth?: On performing a reverse image search on some of the keyframes of the video, we came across an old report The Times of Israel.

  • The report was published on 3 February 2019 and carried the same viral video.

  • It stated that a Hezbollah-affiliated Lebanese news outlet shared this clip of a Palestinian sniper shooting an Israeli officer at the Gaza Strip.

  • The article also carried a quote by the spokesperson of pro-Hezbollah news outlet who confirmed that a terror group’s military wing called Saraya Al-Quds was behind this particular attack.

  • It added that the injured officer seen in the viral was later taken to Beerhsheba’s Soroka Medical Center for treatment.

The video dates back to 2019.

(Source: The Times of Israel/Screenshot)

  • Another report shared by New Arab on 4 February 2019 carried a screengrab from the viral video.

  • It stated that the military wing of Gaza's Islamic Jihad movement, Al-Quds Brigades released this footage showing a sniper attacking an Israeli soldier.

About Netanyahu's nephew: We did not find any credible reports about Netanyahu's nephew joining the Israeli forces or being killed in the war.

  • Netanyahu also hasn't posted anything on this matter on his official social media.

  • However, we found an article on The Times of Israel shared on 2 November which carried photo of a soldier.

  • It stated that a soldier named Yair Nifousy (20) recently died "during clashes with Hamas terrorists in the northern Gaza Strip".

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Conclusion: An old video of a soldier being shot at in going viral as recent one with a false claim that it shows Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu's nephew.

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