International Newsroom, Aug 18 (EFE) .- Two photographs showing hundreds of people sitting in military planes spread virally to illustrate a massive evacuation from Kabul actually correspond to rescues made in the Philippines in 2013 after the passage of Typhoon Haiyan.
After thousands of desperate people in their attempt to flee Afghanistan stormed the Kabul airport on Monday, photos began to circulate on social networks from several countries along with texts in English and Spanish, among other languages, reporting an evacuation of hundreds of refugees on an American plane.
However, some of the early messages included snapshots with people whose appearance differed significantly from Afghan citizens that the media around the world had shown in their attempts to board the planes.
FACTS: The aforementioned images correspond to rescues carried out in Tacloban (Philippines) to victims of typhoon Haiyan, which in November 2013 left more than 6,300 dead, a thousand disappeared and 14 million victims, although they have been viralized along with similar messages They do show a real photograph of the evacuation of 640 Afghans on a US plane.
A reverse search of these images reveals that one of them had already been published on December 19, 2013 on the US Air Force website.
The caption of that photo indicates that the snapshot is of “more than 670 residents of Tacloban seated aboard a C-17 Goblemaster III (aircraft) before being evacuated to Manila after the passage of the super typhoon Haiyan, which hit the Philippines on 17 September. November of 2013”.
The other photo used in a deceptive way had been published on November 30 in an article of a blog in English that cites Typhoon Haiyan as one of the natural disasters that occurred in 2013, on the occasion of the American Thanksgiving holiday.
Another blog in English, this one dedicated to aviation, reproduces the photo on January 8, 2014, under a caption that the image shows evacuees in the Philippines in a C-17.
Although this text indicates that the snapshot would have been taken the day before, it is an image capture from another website.