There have been claims on social media that British jets are helping the Israeli Air Force bomb targets in Gaza, the claims are false.
Multiple accounts are sharing misinformation that British jets are assisting the Israeli air force. However, British jets are in the area because they’re involved in operations against Daesh (Islamic State) in Syria and Iraq.
They’ve been there for years…
Where did the claims come from?
Below is a screenshot of a tweet that has gone viral on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other sources.
This tweet from @Pal_action is false, misleading and irresponsible. British jets are in the area because they're involved in operations against Daesh (Islamic State) in Syria and Iraq. They've been there for years. pic.twitter.com/wKb08ezY6s
— UK Defence Journal (@UKDefJournal) May 16, 2021
People are still spreading the claim.
This most logical explanation is that RAF Typhoons went to Israel, striked targets in Gaza landed in either Hatzerim Air Base or in Nevatim Air Base then returned to RAF base in Cyprus.
— 🐼 (@Fu_Gi_Ti_Ve) May 16, 2021
Why are British jets there?
British jets often fly over countries on their way to and from Syria and Iraq to conduct operations against Islamic State (Daesh) forces still present in those countries as part of Operation Shader.
British jets launch and return from RAF Akrotiri on Cyrpus.
Operation Shader began on the 9th of August 2014, when the Royal Air Force began a series of humanitarian air aid drops onto Mount Sinjar in Northern Iraq.
The air drops were ordered following the genocide of the Yazidi people and other ethnic minorities by Daesh in Northern Iraq, which had led to them fleeing onto the mountainside to escape Daesh.
Following the conclusion of the aid drops, the operation quickly changed to become the UK element in the US-led coalition that began the campaign to destroy Daesh. Based out of Cyprus, the Royal Air Force continues to survey and strike targets in Iraq and Syria as part of the Global Coalition under the banner of Op SHADER.
You can read more about the operation here.