HYDERABAD: A video purportedly showing Israeli bombing Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem is viral on social media.

"Al-Aqsa is the third holiest mosque in Islam after Mecca and Medina which was considered by Israel Has been broken (sic)," reads the message

The video claims to show troops carrying out an operation on the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem.


NewsMeter found that the claim of Israel bombing the Al-Aqsa mosque is false as the video dates back to 2014. The video is from Syria where ISIS bombed Uwais al-Qarni Mosque.

The same video was uploaded on a YouTube channel on June 8, 2014 with the title: " ISIS demolished the Uwais al-Qarni Shrine "(translated), thus identifying the mosque as Uwais al-Qarni which was located in Raqqa, Syria.

It was demolished by Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant on May 31, 2014. It should be noted that as the viral video has been available on the internet since 2014, it is evident that it is not related to the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine.

The same video was also uploaded by Mint on August 26, 2015. We also found an article from June 2014 featuring the same video on the Turkish website, "Turkey-backed terrorists who are enemies of Islam blow up Uwais Qarni Shrine" (translated).


The mosque was blown up by two powerful explosions and was completely destroyed by Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant as it was a Shi'ite structure. The UNITAR reported on the complete information on the damage to the mosque. (Read PDF here)

Therefore, it is clear that the viral video is old. It has been falsely claimed that Israel bombed the Al Aqsa mosque.

Claim Review :   Israel bomb Al Aqsa mosque
Claimed By :  Twitter Users
Fact Check :  False

Misha Rajani

Misha Rajani is a Fact Checker at NewsMeter. She is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from St. Francis College for Women. She has written a thesis on “ Role of social media in highlighting injustice”. Apart from pursuing a career in news writing, Misha is also skilled in graphic designing. You can follow Misha on Twitter @misharajani00

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