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Old Videos From Different Places Shared as Recent Visuals From Saudi Arabia

Most of the visuals seen in the viral video are old and unrelated to the recent situation in Saudi Arabia.

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As several countries in the Middle East region have been gripped with heavy downpour, social media platforms have been flooded with multiple clips claiming that they show visuals from the "storm" in Saudi Arabia.

About the claim: One such video, which shows compilation of several clips, is going viral with a caption saying, "Saudi Arabia Storm today."

Most of the visuals seen in the viral video are old and unrelated to the recent situation in Saudi Arabia.

An archive of the post can be found here.

(Source: X (formerly Twitter)/Screenshot)

We received queries about the viral video on our WhatsApp tipline. More archives of similar claims can be found here, here, and here.

What is the truth?: We found that some of the videos in the compilation were old and unrelated to the recent downpour in Saudi Arabia.

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How did we find that out?: We used reverse image search to verify all the videos seen in the compilation. While we did not find details about some of the clips, this report will look at the old and misleading videos that we were able to verify.

VIDEO 1

  • This video showed heavy rainfall and what appeared to be a tornado in the background.

Most of the visuals seen in the viral video are old and unrelated to the recent situation in Saudi Arabia.

Visuals from the first video.

(Source: Viral video/Screenshot)

  • Using Google Lens search, we found an older version of the same video uploaded on an unverified YouTube channel named 'Surrealvideos'.

  • It was published on 31 December 2023 and was titled, "Cuba Hurricane Tornado."

VIDEO 2

  • The second video showed trees violently shaking in front of a yellow building.

Most of the visuals seen in the viral video are old and unrelated to the recent situation in Saudi Arabia.

Visuals from the second video.

(Source: Viral video/Screenshot)

  • We divided the video into several keyframes and performed a reverse image search, which led us to a longer version of this clip on YouTube.

  • It was published on 17 July 2019 and was titled, "Giant Monster Attacks City."

VIDEO 3

  • This video showed trees violently shaking during a heavy rainfall, where some cars were seen on the streets as well.

Most of the visuals seen in the viral video are old and unrelated to the recent situation in Saudi Arabia.

Visuals from the third video.

(Source: Viral video/Screenshot)

  • Team WebQoof performed a Google Lens search and found the same visuals uploaded on an unverified Instagram handle.

  • The video was published on 25 November 2023 and the text identified the location as Dubai.

  • This made it clear that the video was old and unrelated to the recent downpour in Saudi Arabia.

VIDEO 4

  • The fourth video showed high waves in front of several buildings.

Most of the visuals seen in the viral video are old and unrelated to the recent situation in Saudi Arabia.

Visuals from the video.

(Source: Viral video/Screenshot)

  • When we performed a reverse image search on the keyframes, we were able to trace the video back to November 2023.

  • The video was shared on a TikTok account called 'disaster788' and its caption mentioned the location as Dubai.

Most of the visuals seen in the viral video are old and unrelated to the recent situation in Saudi Arabia.

The video was published on 9 November 2023.

(Source: TikTok/Screenshot)

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VIDEO 5

  • The fifth video showed a car toppling over due to heavy wind.

Most of the visuals seen in the viral video are old and unrelated to the recent situation in Saudi Arabia.

Visuals from the video.

(Source: Viral video/Screenshot)

  • The same visuals were available on the official YouTube channel of '9 News Australia'.

  • It was shared 8 April and reportedly showed cars toppling over due to high winds around Cape Town, South Africa.

VIDEO 6

  • The sixth video showed objects flying across a street due to heavy rainfall and wind.

Most of the visuals seen in the viral video are old and unrelated to the recent situation in Saudi Arabia.

Visuals from the video.

(Source: Viral video/Screenshot)

  • We performed a Google Lens search and came across a longer version of the video available on an unverified YouTube channel.

  • It was uploaded on 7 August 2023, which proved the video was unrelated to the recent happenings in Saudi Arabia.

  • The location was mentioned as Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.

VIDEO 7

  • The seventh video carried visuals of objects flying due to wind, while several people were seen panicking.

Most of the visuals seen in the viral video are old and unrelated to the recent situation in Saudi Arabia.

Visuals from the video.

(Source: Viral video/Screenshot)

  • Team WebQoof found a longer version of the clip published on the official YouTube channel of 'al3omk'.

  • It was shared on 22 October 2023 and its title when translated to English said, "From the weekly market, Al-Hamra, in Al-Jadida Province."

VIDEO 8

  • This video was a fast-paced time lapse, which showed clouds moving over several buildings.

Most of the visuals seen in the viral video are old and unrelated to the recent situation in Saudi Arabia.

Visuals from the video.

(Source: Viral video/Screenshot)

  • On performing a reverse image search, we came across the same visuals uploaded on Sky News' official YouTube channel.

  • It was shared on 25 September 2023 and was titled, "Brazil: Timelapse captures massive shelf cloud moving over Caxias do Sul."

The problems with these claims: Even though we could not independently verify the context or location of the videos in some cases, it also raises questions on the use of old visuals during a breaking event.

  • This is because there is usually an information vacuum during breaking news event. This often leaves space for mis/disinformation.

  • Watch our video below to understand how you can fact-check information during a breaks news situation.

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Conclusion: It is clear that several old and unrelated videos are being shared to falsely claim that it shows the recent situation in Saudi Arabia.

(Not convinced of a post or information you came across online and want it verified? Send us the details on WhatsApp at 9540511818 , or e-mail it to us at webqoof@thequint.com and we'll fact-check it for you. You can also read all our fact-checked stories here.)

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