A video of a mob of women in hijab, entering a store is being shared, with a claim that the visuals are from a shopping mall in Saudi Arabia, after the lockdown was lifted, which was in place due to COVID-19.
The caption of the picture read: “Just see the Saudi Arab Shopping Mall After lifting of Lock Down.”
NewsMobile fact-checked the video and found that the claim is fake.
When we put the keyframes of the viral video through Reverse Image Search, we came across a tweet by Mecca News dated December 3, 2019, featuring the same video.
“This is what happened yesterday when a store in Al-Shawqiyya announced discounts for products of 5 riyals, which required the presence of teams from security patrols,” the tweet read. (Translated)
هذا ما حدث يوم أمس عندما أعلن محل في الشوقية عن تخفضيات لمنتجات بـ 5 ريال، مما استدعى تواجد فرق من الدوريات الأمنية. pic.twitter.com/X9yYIkm4PQ
— أخبار مكة المكرمة (@AkhbarMakkah) December 3, 2019
We found more videos on different social media platforms from December 2019.
هذا ما حدث يوم أمس عندما أعلن محل في الشوقية عن تخفضيات لمنتجات بـ 5 ريال pic.twitter.com/JbksWZp3kJ
— موسى مدهس (@mmmnnn17) December 3, 2019
Though NewsMobile could not independently verify the origin of the video, the above information establishes that the video in question is old as it was already on the internet much before the lockdown came into effect in Saudi Arabia.
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