A Facebook page with more than 120 thousand followers shared a post on Sep 3, 2022, captioned “430 Kalashnikov and other weapons were captured at Raya front….”. 

By the time this article was published the post had more than a thousand reactions and was shared more than 150 times.

However, HaqCheck inspected the post and rendered it False.  

The Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) and the federal government of Ethiopia have been in an active war since Nov 2020.

On August 16, 2022, TPLF declared that the federal government had already broken the cease-fire that had been jointly declared at the end of March. The TPLF claimed that the armed forces of the federal government engaged in an artillery barrage and an assault on its positions.

Later, on Aug 24, TPLF alleged that the federal government had attacked its military forces in the southern Tigray provinces.

On the contrary, The federal government declined the claim and states that TPLF provoked the attack. 

On Aug 29, the Ethiopian National Defense Forces said that it is obtaining victory on different fronts.  

The post is produced in the context of this situation.

HaqCheck made an investigation on the images and spotted the pictures in a news video on Amhara Media Corporations’ Youtube channel published on Feb 2, 2022. By the time this article was published the video had more than 150 thousand views. 

One of The images is spotted in the news video at 23:05 minute. 

The other image is spotted in the news video on its 22:57 minute. 

The news video is headlined,  “In an operation undertaken by the defense forces and the federal police on the terrorist Shene, more than 100 members of the group were eliminated”

The video also shows surrendered members of the claimed rebel group.Therefore, HaqCheck inspected the images and rendered the images used to support the claim False.

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