A video of a scuffle between a group of people followed by a sudden explosion is being shared on social media. The accompanying message reads, “Offspring of an Ashantidoot”. ‘Shantidoot’ is a pejorative term used online to refer to the Muslim community.

A user named Sujit Singh Gehlot tweeted this video, which garnered over 3,000 views as of this writing. (Archive link)

The video is widespread on Twitter.


Alt News performed a reverse image search of the video frames, which led us to an article by Altaj News dated September 23. The article also contained the viral clip. It stated that the incident occurred in Tartus, a city in Syria.

According to a Sky News Arabia report from September 23, a man detonated a bomb outside the gates of the Justice Palace in Tartus due to a family dispute. The people involved in the scuffle included a group that got into an argument with a lawyer. The lawyer’s brother-in-law, who had brought the bomb, unlocked the safety valve of the hand grenade during the row and set it off. Both he and the lawyer were killed in the blast. MSN Arabia also republished the Sky News Arabia article.

BBC, reporting on the incident on September 24, said that three people had been killed in the bombing.

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To sum it up, a man detonated a hand grenade amid a family dispute in Syria. A video of the incident was shared on Indian social media with a communal angle.

About the Author

Kinjal Parmar holds a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology. However, her keen interest in journalism, drove her to pursue journalism from the Indian Institute of Mass Communication. At Alt News since 2019, she focuses on authentication of information which includes visual verification, media misreports, examining mis/disinformation across social media. She is the lead video producer at Alt News and manages social media accounts for the organization.