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Social media rumors rife amid ongoing Gaza conflict

As the conflict in Gaza continues into its thirteenth day, and amid rising casualties (at least 429 Palestinians and 18 Israelis have been killed thus far), we're investigating some of the images circulating on social media to try to ascertain a clearer picture of what's real and what's fake.

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Viral image claims to show brutal IDF warning SMS

The first image below - shared widely on Facebook and Twitter - is a screengrab from a dramatization found on the Raya FM Facebook page. The second image below is from an Instagram post in 2012 - we've added it here to show an authentic IDF warning SMS.

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Twitter user @7__r has done some digging and turned up this video clip from the Raya FM Facebook page. The clip is clearly a dramatization, and this image is clearly a screengrab. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=855637941113001&fref=nf More work could uncover if this is the original video, but for now we can mark this image as "false".

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One Twitter user posted a link to this image, which is in Arabic and reads: "The next stage is approaching. Get away from Hamas elements" - this seems a more likely language and message from the IDF (unclear when this image is from) http://972mag.com/idf-sends-text-message-to-gaza-mobile-phones-the-next-...

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Fielded this image to Twitter - lots of red flags raised: 1) Why is the message in English and not Arabic or Hebrew? 2) Why is "Israel Army" saved as a contact? 3) This doesn't seem to be in line with other similar IDF messages.

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Other photos uploaded to @RanaGaza's Instagram account suggest she was in Gaza in November 2012, when "Operation Pillar of Defense" saw IDF strike Gaza over a sustained period of eight days. Tentatively marking this as verified: It passes the common sense check, +972 is a reputable media outlet, and there are no red flags from reverse image search etc.

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This photo (original here: http://instagram.com/p/SGM62wNABX/) is apparently a photograph from Twitter user @RanaGaza of her father's phone, taken in 2012. The Arabic reads "The next phase is on the way. Stay away from Hamas elements."

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