News is going viral on social media platforms claiming that 8 UAE planes carrying military aid and equipment for the ISRAELI army have landed at airports in Israel over the past few days. Users on social media platforms are fervently sharing this news and claiming that the UAE is providing military aid to Israel amid the ongoing Israel-Palestine conflict.
What’s the Claim?
Sharing this news on X(Twitter), A user named Jackson Hinkle claimed: “8 UAE planes carrying MILITARY AID & EQUIPMENT for the ISRAELI army have landed at airports in Israel over the past few days. SHAME ON YOU! @MohamedBinZayed”
Jackson Hinkle has around 1.3 million followers on X(Twitter). Moreover, the news shared by this account, has garnered more than 6 million views on X(Twitter).
News shared by other users as well.
Subsequently, several users shared this news on X(Twitter) and made similar claims.
To verify the authenticity of this news, the DFRAC team searched some keywords on Google and found that the news was published by the Jerusalem Post about a year ago.
News published by Jerusalem Post
We found that the news was published by the Jerusalem Post in the year 2022. The Headline of this news read: “Eight heavy transport aircraft belonging to UAE landed in Israel in past two weeks”. In this news, Jerusalem mentioned: “At least eight C-17 Globemaster heavy transport aircraft belonging to the United Arab Emirates Air Force have landed in Israel over the past two weeks. It is unclear why the heavy transport aircraft were in Israel though it is believed that they were likely transporting equipment related to defense contracts signed between the two countries”.
What we found further?
Upon further investigation, we came across another news article which was recently published by the News agency, Reuters. According to this news article, The United Arab Emirates (UAE) condemned the Israeli ground operations in the Palestinian Gaza Strip, the state news agency WAM reported, citing the country’s foreign ministry.
UAE, which became the first Gulf country to normalize relations with Israel in 2020, also “expressed its deep concern over the Israeli military escalation and exacerbation of the humanitarian crisis that threatens more loss of civilian lives.
It is clear from DFRAC’s Fact-Check that the viral news stating UAE providing military aid to Israel amid ongoing conflict is fake. The news published Jerusalem Post about a year ago, has a different context and is completely unrelated to the recent ongoing conflict. Therefore, the claim of social media users is false.