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Pakistani journalist tweets picture from Gaza to depict Indian Army atrocities in Kashmir

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On 4th August, a Pakistani journalist Ameer Abbas tweeted a set of images to claim that the Indian Army is killing innocent and unarmed Kashmiris.

"So are you proud of your gallantry in Kashmir? Shame and what a shame! Your brutal army kills innocent and unarmed Kashmiris. If this is ur benchmark of bravery and gallantry than we curse and curse on such a bravery. Don’t celebrate it rather feel ashamed and cry on it!", reads the caption of his tweet. 

It is notable that thousands of military troops have been deployed in Kashmir in the wake of recent developments related to Kashmir. As per India Today,  8,000 more CRPF troops were deployed into the Kashmir valley which takes the total to 46000 troops deployed in the valley.

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Picture 1

The first image posted by him is not even from India. The photo is actually of 17-year-old Rawya Abu Joma’a of Gaza, who was injured in Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza strip in 2014.  The photo was taken by the award-winning American photographer Heidi Levine in Israel in 2014. The photograph has been featured in international media such as The Guardian and the New York Times.

The same image was falsely attributed to Kashmir in 2017 as well when Pakistan's Permanent Representative to the UN, Maleeha Lodhi had shown the picture as 'evidence of atrocities' on Kashmiris.

The Twitter handle fo Pakistan Mission to the UN‏ had tweeted, "In her reply to Indian FM's speech in UNGA, Amb. Lodhi showed a pic of pellet gun injured women frm Kashmir saying this is the face of India".

Picture 2

With the help of reverse image search on Google, we found an opinion piece by Kashmir Global that was published in 2012.  The image was captioned, Kashmiri girls cry over the detention of their relatives”. 

However, we couldn't verify the actual origin of the picture but it is clear that the picture is at least 7 years old.

Fact

The two pictures tweeted by Pakistani journalist Ameer Abbas are old. The first picture tweeted by him is from Gaza and the second picture is at least 7 years old. 

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