If you thought Iran decided to spice things up in the Israel-Hamas conflict by attacking a petrol pump, think again. A video circulating on TikTok claiming to show the aftermath of an Iranian attack on an Israeli petrol pump has been debunked as false. Turns out, the footage is not recent at all and actually dates back to 2014.
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According to the fact checkers, the video, which amassed over 30,000 likes, actually depicts a fire at a gas station in Makhachkala, the capital of the Russian republic of Dagestan. So, if you were eagerly waiting for Iran to launch an explosive campaign against petrol stations, you’re out of luck.
In reality, the Israeli military intercepted missiles fired by Houthi rebels in Yemen, marking the third attack of its kind since the Israel-Hamas conflict began. But that’s a whole different story from the fire in Russia. The TikTok video just took an old event and resurfaced it in a misguided attempt to stir up controversy.
Unsurprisingly, there are no credible news reports of an Iranian attack on an Israeli petrol pump, and the Israeli Police have not made any public comments on the matter. So, until Iran finally decides to prioritize petrol pumps as targets, let’s stick to the facts and leave the TikTok firework shows in the past.