Image of babies in incubator in Gaza is from 2017

31 January 2024
What was claimed

An image shows two babies in an incubator in a hospital in Gaza.

Our verdict

While this is a real photo, it was taken in Gaza in 2017, not since the outbreak of conflict in October 2023.

A photo of two babies lying in an incubator, surrounded by wires and medical machines, has been shared on Facebook and X (formerly Twitter) alongside a caption that implies the image was recently taken in Gaza. 

The original post from Mohamad Safa, CEO of the NGO Patriotic Vision, says: “This photo needs to be the front page of every paper in the world. Premature babies at Gaza Hospitals cry desperately for help, as hospitals run out of oxygen. 50,000 pregnant women - 180 women give birth every day. Babies are being ‘delivered into hell’ with many dying.” 

However, the image is over six years old. It has been online since 2017, when it appeared in an article by Middle East Monitor. The image reportedly shows “newborn babies at the intensive care unit” at “Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City on June 27, 2017”, and was credited to Ali Jadallah, a photographer at Anadolu Agency

We’ve approached Mr Safa for comment, and will update this article if he responds.

In November 2023, the United Nations and the World Health Organisation said there were an “estimated 50,000 pregnant women in Gaza, with more than 180 giving birth every day”. 

Full Fact has written about many examples of misinformation relating to the war in Israel and Gaza, particularly images and videos that have been miscaptioned. It’s important to consider whether something shows what it claims to show before sharing it online. You can find information on how to do this in our guides on spotting misleading images and videos.

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