No, this video does not show 1,671 Israeli refugees arriving in Alanya, Türkiye

By: Emincan Yüksel
October 10 2023

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No, this video does not show 1,671 Israeli refugees arriving in Alanya, Türkiye

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The Verdict False

This video does not show Israeli refugees arriving in Alanya; it is Israelis disembarking from a cruise ship the day before the attack on October 7.

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On October 9, 2023, a popular social media account in Türkiye shared a post claiming that Israeli refugees fled from Israel to Alanya, a tourist resort in southern Türkiye, following the start of the Hamas-Israeli war. The post received nearly 330,000 views, 4,000 reposts, and more than 10,000 likes in two days.

In Fact

Hamas forces active in Gaza attacked Israel on the morning of October 7, 2023, with armed groups crossing the Gaza barrier at many points, entering Israel, and causing significant damage. Many people were killed or injured. Following these attacks, Israel declared a state of war against Hamas.

A reverse image search reveals that the video was originally published on October 6, 2023. A closer inspection of the video shows the DHA (Demirören News Agency) logo in the top right corner. An article on the DHA website published on October 6, 2023, with the headline, "1671 Israeli tourists came to Alanya by ship," confirms that the video predates the Hamas attack on Israel.

Screenshots of the viral video and a DHA article published on October 6, 2023. (Source: YouTube/DHA News) 

The verdict

This video does not show Israeli refugees escaping to Alanya on a ship following the Hamas attack on October 7. According to DHA news, the Crown Iris cruise ship departed from Haifa, Israel, and reached Alanya on October 6 – the day before the attack. The cruise ship, which hosted 1,671 Israeli tourists and 577 personnel, anchored in Alanya for the day, and the news stated that the boat would return to Haifa at night.

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