No, This Video Clip Isn't From Outside the Syrian President's House
The video shows the man detonating a bomb in Syria's port city Tartus and is not outside the President's residence.
A short, graphic video of a suicide bombing outside the gates of a building in Syria is being shared on social media with a claim that a suicide bomber blew himself up in front of the presidential palace in Damascus.
However, we found that the clip is actually from Syria's port city of Tartus, where a man grabbed his lawyer outside a courthouse and blew both of them up over a familial dispute.
The video is being shared with different claims in Hindi and English. The English claim being circulated with the video places the incident outside the president's residence in Damascus, while the one in Hindi calls it an act of terrorism and adds, 'look at the person who has been trained as per a religion'.
WHAT WE FOUND OUT
Using InVID to fragment the video into multiple keyframes, we ran reverse image searches on the stills obtained.
The results led us to a tweet by user 'Marina', which noted that two people were killed in a bomb explosion over a familial matter outside a courthouse in Tartus.
Using keywords like "Tartus court suicide bombing" (تفجير انتحاري في محكمة طرطوس) in Arabic, we found news reports about the incident.
As per a report by Sky News Arabia, the incident in the video shows a man called Yahya H, who detonated a bomb on a Melhem, a lawyer outside the Palace of Justice in Tartus, Syria on Thursday, 23 September.
The report notes that Yahya did so due to family disputes between him and the lawyer and that the act caused three deaths and left 11 people injured.
Evidently, the graphic video does not show a bombing outside the Syrian president's residence in Damascus and is not an act of terrorism. The clip shows a man carrying out a suicide bombing outside a court in Tartus, a Syrian port city, due to a familial dispute.
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