A report by Russia’s state news network RT (formerly known as Russia Today) is doing the rounds on social media. In it, a news correspondent is seen descending into a tunnel and reporting from inside.
Linking this report to the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine, Aditya Raj Kaul, executive editor, TV9 Network, said that as Israel began targeting the Gaza Terror Tunnel Network, Hamas terrorist groups had given access to a Russia Today reporter to visit their tunnel network. He claimed this was Russia Today’s ground report from underground in Gaza. (Archived link)
As Israel begins targeting Gaza Terror Tunnel Network, Hamas Terror groups gives access to Russia Today journalist to visit the Tunnel Network. This is the RT on ground report from underneath Gaza. This is the Gaza Metro. pic.twitter.com/ei0AYEHwja
— Aditya Raj Kaul (@AdityaRajKaul) October 31, 2023
A user named Dr. Eli David also shared this report and claimed that these were some of the tunnels Hamas used located underneath hospitals in Gaza. It is worth noting that the Israel Defense Force had recently claimed that the headquarters of Hamas’ terrorist activities were located in the tunnels underneath Shifa Hospital, the largest health facility in Gaza.
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) mouthpiece Organiser Weekly also amplified the video with the same claim. (Archived link)
An account named Israel My Channel also made a similar claim while sharing the footage. (Archived link)
Alt News performed a reverse image search using a frame taken from the viral report. This led us to a report uploaded by the Twitter handle of RT Arab dated June 14, 2021 containing the same footage. The tweet states that the RT team entered the Saraya al-Quds tunnels under the ground of Gaza to monitor their depth and examine the restoration work completed after the last war.
In other words, this video is over two-year old.
— RTARABIC (@RTarabic) June 14, 2021
To sum it up, TV9 network’s executive editor Aditya Raj Kaul, along with several other social media users, shared a two-year-old video report by RT falsely linking it to the recent conflict between Israel and Palestine.
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