SEARCH
Search Icon

No: The images do not show the current war situation in northern Ethiopia

Avatar: Naol Getachew
Naol GetachewNovember 9, 2021
HAQCHECKFact checking
No: The images do not show the current war situation in northern Ethiopia

Website called Egypt Today based in Giza Governorate, Egypt, Published a news report entitled, “Tigray activist claims locals welcome TPLF, labels Abiy Ahmed’s policies “childish” alongside an image that’s supposed to delineate the story. The Image shows armed soldiers on a battlefield, considered to be Tigrean forces according to the narrative of the story. 

Egypt Today has  46.7% site traffic in Egypt, 8.0% in India, and 7.2% in the United States according to Alexa. Alexa ranked it 54,939th in global internet engagement in a 90-day trend. 

However, the image used to support the narrative is rated as False due to its inexact use of pictures.

The Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) forces and the Federal Government of Ethiopia have been in an inactive war in northern Ethiopia Since November 2020.  Last November, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed sent the Defence force to Tigray to oust Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) from power. In June TPLF took control of Mekelle, the regional capital. 

The war in northern Ethiopia has killed thousands of civilians, plunged hundreds of thousands into famine, and forced more than a million people to flee their homes

The report had thus been produced during such times the conflict has escalated.

Tineye reverse image search of the picture of the report shows that the images are not related to the current situation in the northern part of Ethiopia. The image is taken from a video shared by the BBC on October 11, 2018. The video entitled “US Niger ambush: How raft of failures ended in death”, shows the death of four US special forces soldiers in a small corner of Niger known as Tongo Tongo. 

HaqCheck assessed the report and confirmed that the images do not show the current war situation, rendering it as FALSE.

Author: undefined undefined
A PIECE BYNaol Getachew

Naol is a journalist and fact-checker at Addis Zeybe for HaqCheck. He is a professional working in the fields of fact-checking, journalism, online storytelling, and translation.