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Fact-check: Misleading Instagram Video Wrongly Attributes Medic to Doctors Without Borders

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Fact-check: Misleading Instagram Video Wrongly Attributes Medic to Doctors Without Borders

On November 9, an Instagram video falsely depicted a medic, allegedly from Doctors Without Borders, assisting terrorists by taking a weapon from an injured individual and handing it to another who subsequently used it to shoot.

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This post, which garnered over 8,000 likes, shows a medic in an orange vest rushing to an injured person on a street in the West Bank city of Jenin and removing a rifle from them. However, this claim has been unequivocally refuted.

Clearing the Air: The Truth Behind the Video

A spokesperson for Doctors Without Borders, also known as Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), confirmed that the medic seen in the video is not affiliated with their organization. The vest worn by the medic had markings associated with the Palestinian Medical Relief Society (PMRS), not MSF.

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Typically, MSF medics are seen in white shirts or vests with red logos, and they do not operate ambulatory services in Jenin.

Fact-Checking: A Collective Effort

The fact-checking was corroborated by multiple sources, including the original poster of the video, a freelance journalist who recorded the incident, and fact-checking organizations such as the Associated Press and PolitiFact.

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The user who shared the false claim on Instagram did not respond to a request for comment.

USA TODAY's Commitment to Fact-Checking

USA TODAY, the publisher of this fact-check, is a verified signatory of the International Fact-Checking Network, dedicated to nonpartisanship and transparency.

Their work is partly funded by a grant from Meta. USA TODAY stands firm in its commitment to delivering factual information, free from bias, and their work in debunking this false claim is a testament to that dedication.

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