False: The image does not show disarming center of Ethiopian defense forces

A Twitter account shared a post on Oct 25, 2022, captioned “In a sign of relief and professional capacity, ENDF has been pre-planning, massive POW surrender & disarm centers throughout Tigray region. These are places where TPLF rebels can disarm their weapons, get registered, and be treated with humility.”

By the time this article is published the post had been retweeted more than 120times and had more than 200 reactions.

However, HaqCheck examined the image and rendered it False.

Fighting between the Ethiopian government and TPLF forces resumed after a cessation of hostilities was declared on Mar 24, 2022.

There were different alleged claims that there were informal phone calls between the two leaders, which later both TPLF and the Federal government denied. But later the first formal peace talk was held in South Africa, Pretoria on Oct 25, 2022. 

On Nov 2, 2022, the official peace deal between the two belligerent parties was signed in South Africa.

One of the conditions dealt with in the peace accord was the disarmament of Tigrayan forces. The post is thus produced in this context. 

In an effort of verifying the image, Haqcheck used a google reverse image search and found the picture previously posted on Getty Images captioned, “Children and members of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (DFLR) rebel group stand in front of weapons during an arms surrender ceremony, in Kateku, North Kivu, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, on May 30, 2014. More than 100 armed Rwandan rebels from a group linked to the 1994 genocide in their homeland turned themselves in on May 30 in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a decision welcomed by the UN.”

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Therefore due to its use of the wrong picture to support the claim, HaqCheck rendered the image False.

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