The fake news was that four Israelis had been stabbed to death in the UAE and the suspect had been arrested by the Dubai Police. The crime was reported on social media platforms including X (formerly Twitter), Instagram and Telegram. Multiple platforms carried the report as breaking news.
With this, a statement was issued through the Dubai Police Media Office. In an explanation posted on the X platform, the police requested to avoid spreading rumors and misleading reports and to rely only on official sources for accurate information. The statement said that law and order and security are of paramount importance in the UAE.
Spreading false information is a serious offense in the UAE punishable by a fine of Dh100,000 and imprisonment.
Meanwhile, a British teenager who went missing after a surprise attack by Hamas in southern Israel has been killed, the BBC reported. The news was given quoting the family of the girl named Yahel. It was earlier confirmed that the British-born mother Liana was killed in the attack.
Father Eli, an Israeli, and sons Noah (16) and Yahel (13) went missing in Israel. Family members told the BBC that Yahel has now died, following his mother Liana. Information about others is still not available.
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has announced that at least six British citizens are believed to have been killed in the attack by Hamas. Rishi Sunak informed Parliament that 10 of their citizens are missing in Israel and some of them are believed to have been killed.