Debunk: A Widely Shared Photo Purporting to Show Fighters Inside Aleppo Central Prison on January 6th, 2014 Is From October, 2013

By Christopher Kingdon

A photograph widely shared on Twitter purporting to show rebels inside Aleppo Central Prison’s walls today, February 6, 2014 is from October, 2013.

Activists are sharing this photograph as part of the evidence that rebel fighters made it inside the prison’s walls on Thursday, February 6.

However a quick Google Image back-search reveals that the photograph is from at the earliest October 18 2013.

This is from Etilaf‘s page in mid-October:

This is not to say that the opposition did not have made it inside the walls today, nor that they might not still be fighting within the complex, but that this particular image should not be shared to reinforce these claims or be apart of this story.

In other news,  this photograph of the Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED) that initiated today’s attack is new and appears genuine. The photograph originated on a Jabhat al Nusra Twitter account. It really demonstrates the efficacy and power of this type of munition.

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