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What is ‘All eyes on Rafah’? The image going viral on social media

As Israeli forces continue their advance on the densely populated Gaza Strip city of Rafah, millions of social media users, including celebrities, have been sharing images on Instagram with the slogan “Pay attention to Rafah” to raise awareness of the ongoing conflict.

A lot of people Experts are confident After an Israeli military attack set fire to the Rafah displaced persons camp, killing an estimated 45 Palestinians and wounding 200, this artificial intelligence (AI)-generated image flooded social media, especially Instagram stories. It shows a row of tents in front of a mountain range behind the words “Watch out for Rafah.”

As of Wednesday evening, the video had been reposted to Instagram Stories 45.3 million times.

This phrase is A statement released in February “The Palestinian Authority has taken steps to protect Palestinian health and the Palestinian people,” said Richard “Rick” Pieperkorn, director of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) office in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, according to Health Policy Watch.

A “Pay attention to Rafa” image circulating on social media.

“All eyes are on Rafah,” Piperkorn said at a WHO press conference in the city of Rafah, after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the evacuation of the city’s more than one million residents.

The phrase has since appeared on numerous protest placards and images, serving as an urgent call to focus on the Rafah crisis.

Several celebrities reposted the photo, including models Gigi Hadid and Bella Hadid, actors Aaron Paul, Mark Ruffalo, Jenna Ortega, Nicola Coughlan, Susan Sarandon and Priyanka Chopra.

Despite being widely shared, some social media users and activists have questioned whether the image Looks like it was generated by AIaccording to Multiple ExpertsHowever, Instagram has yet to label the image as such.

“The show isn’t depicting real-world violence. It feels sanitized, which is what’s helped it get the viral impact it has had,” social media consultant Matt Navarra told The Washington Post.

After the image went viral, several pro-Israel creators, including the official Israeli Instagram account, began posting their own versions of the image. In one version“Where were your eyes on October 7th?”

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