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Yes, Photos Show Palestinian Girl Wearing Wedding Dress Found in Gaza Rubble


Claim:

Photos being shared online in late June 2024 authentically show a Palestinian girl wearing a wedding dress found amid the rubble in Khan Yunis, Gaza.

Rating:

The protracted, often bloody Israeli-Palestinian conflict exploded into a hot war on Oct. 7, 2023, when the militant Palestinian group Hamas launched a deadly attack on Israel and Israel retaliated by bombarding the Gaza Strip. More than 20,000 people, the vast majority of them Palestinians, were reportedly killed during the first two months of the war alone. The violence is driven by mutual hostilities and territorial ambitions dating back more than a century. The internet has become an unofficial front in that war and is rife with misinformation, which Snopes is dedicated to countering with facts and context. You can help. Read the latest fact checks. Submit questionable claims. Become a Snopes Member to support our work. We welcome your participation and feedback.

On June 29, 2024, an X user posted two photos of a young girl wearing a wedding dress and claimed the child was Palestinian and that the bridal gown was found among the rubble in Khan Yunis, Gaza.

“She found a wedding dress in the rubble in Khan Yunis and she put it on guys look at her smile,” the X user wrote.

Similar claims appeared elsewhere on X, and on Facebook, Instagram and Threads.

Together, the posts had amassed more than 1.5 million interactions at the time of this writing.

Getty published both images, credited to photographer Bashar Taleb, on June 20, 2024, which is why we have rated this claim and the pictures as “True.”

The caption for both photos read:

A Palestinian girl poses with a wedding dress found amid the rubble of buildings destroyed during Israeli bombardment, in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip on June 20, 2024, as the conflict in the Palestinian territory between Israel and Hamas continues. 

Getty published two other images of the young girl wearing the wedding dress that same day.

Snopes previously debunked a false claim that a different photo showed Israeli settlers trying to tear apart a Palestinian child, and another false claim about the United Nations saying there is no famine in Gaza.

Sources

‘A Palestinian Girl Poses with a Wedding Dress Found amid the Rubble…’ Getty Images, 20 June 2024, https://www.gettyimages.co.uk/detail/news-photo/palestinian-girl-poses-with-a-wedding-dress-found-amid-the-news-photo/2157809715.

‘—‘. Getty Images, 20 June 2024, https://www.gettyimages.co.uk/detail/news-photo/palestinian-girl-poses-with-a-wedding-dress-found-amid-the-news-photo/2157819972.

‘—‘. Getty Images, 20 June 2024, https://www.gettyimages.co.uk/detail/news-photo/palestinian-girl-poses-with-a-wedding-dress-found-amid-the-news-photo/2157818232.

‘Palestinian Girl Poses with a Wedding Dress Found amid the Rubble Of…’ Getty Images, 20 June 2024, https://www.gettyimages.co.uk/detail/news-photo/palestinian-girl-poses-with-a-wedding-dress-found-amid-the-news-photo/2157809695.

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