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Old video shared as people running into a shopping mall in Saudi Arabia after the lockdown was lifted


Video of a huge crowd running into a shopping mall while the shutters are being lifted is being widely shared on Facebook claiming that the incident happened at a shopping mall in Saudi Arabia after lifting lockdown in the country. As per a news report, on 25 April  2020, King Salman bin Abdulaziz has ordered partial easing of lockdown restrictions that are being implemented by the Saudi Arabian government. Malls and shopping centers have been allowed to reopen until May 22 (Ramadan 29). But, FACTLY has found the video to be old and not related to any recent incident. The video is found to exist on social media at least since 3 December 2019. FACTLY was unable to find the exact location and the context of the incident in the video. But as the video was found to exist since December 2019, it can be concluded that it is in no way related to the easing of lockdown restrictions in Saudi Arabia.

Claim Facebook post (archived)
1. Old YouTube video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2RDFJn4uaM
2. Old YouTube video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acaudFHvGXg

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