Old photo of pink dress on Turkey grave falsely linked to Gaza war

Old photo of pink dress on Turkey grave falsely linked to Gaza war

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Screenshot of an X post that shared the photo in April 2023

Another reverse image search found a TikTok video posted two days later which appears to show the same cemetery and gives its location as Adiyaman in southeastern Turkey (archived link).

Corresponding visual clues in the video shared in false posts and the TikTok video confirmed they show the same place.

<span>Screenshot comparison of the photo shared in false posts (left) and the TikTok video (right)</span><span><button class=

Screenshot comparison of the photo shared in false posts (left) and the TikTok video (right)

Turkey’s Teyit Hatti, part of the state-run Anadolu news agency, reported that the photo was taken at Adiyaman’s New Cemetery (archived link).

AFP confirmed this by comparing the photo to Google Maps satellite imagery of the cemetery (archived link).

<span>Screenshot comparison between the falsely shared image (left) and Google Earth imagery (right), with corresponding elements highlighted by AFP</span><span><button class=

Screenshot comparison between the falsely shared image (left) and Google Earth imagery (right), with corresponding elements highlighted by AFP

The cemetery was overwhelmed with dead after a huge 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Turkey on February 6, 2023, The Financial Times reported (archived link).

The quake claimed more than 53,000 lives in Turkey and nearly 6,000 in neighbouring Syria.

In Adiyaman province, which was badly hit by the tremor, more than a third of buildings collapsed (archived link).

AFP could not independently verify if the grave in the photo belonged to a victim of the earthquake.

July 8, 2024 This story was amended to correct grammar in the first paragraph

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