While IDF soldiers were photographed inside the Legislative Council Building on Nov. 13, 2023, the video that went viral on Nov. 15 claiming to show its destruction is of a different building in Gaza. It is unclear at the time of this reporting if the actual Palestinian Legislative Council Building in Gaza has actually been destroyed.
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In November 2023, as the Israel-Hamas war raged on, social media users shared a video they claimed showed Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers demolishing the official building from which Hamas' legislative body rules over the Gaza Strip.
This video has been the primary evidence put forth for the claim that the IDF demolished the Legislative Council Building. The only problem is that the demolished building was not the legislative building — the video was filmed some four miles from it.
Shortly after the video had gone viral, online sleuths geolocated the video to a location in Northeast Gaza — a region named Juhar al-Dik that had been devastated by the IDF during the 2014 war between Israel and Gaza:
The Legislative Council Building at issue is not located in this now largely uninhabited region, but is instead located in the Rimal neighborhood of Gaza City. It looks nothing like the building in the viral video, and is shown here, shot from Aljondy Almajhool Park across the street from its entrance, in a user uploaded photo on Google maps:
On Nov. 13, Times of Israel reported that IDF soldiers had entered the building, and shared an image from social media of IDF soldiers in the main hall of that building:
On Nov. 14, the IDF announced they had captured several buildings that were key to Hamas' power, as reported by the Times of Israel:
The military said that troops of its 7th Armored Brigade and Golani Infantry Brigade captured several Hamas governmental sites in the Gaza City neighborhoods of Sheikh Ijlin and Rimal. Among the locations captured by the troops were the Hamas parliament, the government complex, and the police headquarters.
Snopes has not identified any reporting confirming the destruction of the actual parliamentary building that does not cite as a source the video shown in the viral tweet. As a result, Snopes does not know what condition the Legislative Council Building is actually in as of this writing on Nov. 16. The Rimal district has seen heavy bombardment in the 2023 conflict.
Because the video in question shows the destruction of an unrelated building in Juhar al-Dik, however, the claim is False.