A rumor spread on Arabic social media like wildfire Wednesday, and it got a quick response straight from the source — the family of former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein.
Journalists on Thursday "broke news" of the death of Saddam Hussein's widowed first wife, Sajida Khairallah Talfah. But Hussein's family immediately denied the claims, likely proving it baseless.
The official Facebook page of Saddam Hussein al-Majidi criticized the "liars" on Facebook with two statuses, one posted Wednesday and another posted the following day.
Important: Saddam Hussein's family has confirmed that Mrs Sajida Khairallah is doing well and there's no truth whatsoever to the news of her death.
The initial post was shortly followed by a second lengthier one.
"وفاة ساجدة خيرالله " أرملة صدام حسين في أحد مستشفيات الأردن "عن عمر 71 سنة— فجر السعيد (@AlsaeedFajer) August 12, 2015
Outlets should have maybe been more suspicious, considering most websites claim Talfah's 78 years old.
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