'All eyes on Rafah' image shared 44 million times online

AFP , Thursday 30 May 2024

An AI-generated image bearing the words "All eyes on Rafah" has been shared by more than 44 million Instagram accounts since Monday after a deadly Israeli strike at a camp for displaced Palestinians in the Gazan city.

All eyes on Rafah
File photo: A participant holds up a placard reading All (eyes on) Rafah during a pro-Palestinian protest to mark the Nakba anniversary, at Oranienplatz square in Berlin, Germany. AFP


The image depicts densely packed rows of tents stretching endlessly across a desert landscape overshadowed by mountains, alluding to the hundreds of thousands of Palestinians who fled there during Israel's military campaign against Hamas.

Chilean-US actor Pedro Pascal, top models Bella and Gigi Hadid, Palestinian descent, and French football star Ousmane Dembele are among the celebrities who have shared it on Instagram.

The slogan "All eyes on Rafah" has also been widely shared in other publications and social networks, especially X, where the hashtag #alleyesonrafah has attracted almost one million hits, according to online monitor Visibrain.

The platform, formerly Twitter, has also seen 27.5 million messages published in three days about the attack on the southern Gazan city bordering Egypt that generated international outrage.

Gaza's health ministry said an Israeli strike on the camp that sparked a fire on Sunday killed 45 people and injured 249.

Israel's military said it had targeted and killed two senior Hamas militants, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaking of a "tragic accident" that his government was investigating.

Israel's current offensive on Gaza has killed at least 36,171 people, mostly women and children, according to the territory's health ministry.

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