Fact Check: Viral image claiming that Israeli bullet could not penetrate Palestinian man's head is false

An image doing the rounds on the Internet is claiming that a Palestinian man was hit by an Israeli sniper bullet while praying at a mosque. However, the bullet did not penetrate his skull.

By Nivruthi Pasupunuri  Published on  3 Jun 2021 11:30 PM GMT
Fact Check: Viral image claiming that Israeli bullet could not penetrate Palestinian mans head is false

Hyderabad: An image doing the rounds on the Internet is claiming that a Palestinian man was hit by an Israeli sniper bullet while praying at a mosque. However, the bullet did not penetrate his skull. The image has gone viral.


Click the following link to view the post. https://twitter.com/MrSinha_/status/1400323831244328967?s=20

Fact Check

This claim is FALSE and the viral image was taken in Iraq in 2014.

The man in the viral image is Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al-Rawi from Iraq. In 2014 he was attending the evening prayers at a mosque in Al-Fallujah, a city in Iraq, when he was shot. The bullet, however, did not penetrate his skull. Hence, the incident did not take place in Palestine, nor did it occur recently.

NewMeter performed a reverse image search and found a news article from 2014. According to the report, Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al-Rawi was caught in a crossfire between the Iraqi government and the tribals in 2014 where he was hit by a bullet but it did not pierce his head.

Similar articles by Middle Eastern news agencies substantiate the same.

Therefore, the photo is from Iraq from 2014 and is not related to the current Israel-Palestine conflict. Hence, the claim is FALSE.

Claim Review:Israeli bullets fail to penetrate a Palestinian man's head.
Claimed By:Social Media Users
Claim Reviewed By:NewsMeter
Claim Source:Social Media
Claim Fact Check:False
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