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Samantha Putterman
By Samantha Putterman April 5, 2021

No, trafficked children, dead bodies were not removed from ship that blocked the Suez Canal

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  • This is a fabricated story. There is no evidence any trafficked children or dead bodies have been found on the ship.

The giant Ever Given container ship that clogged up the Suez Canal for six days isn’t out of the news just yet.

After it was freed, Egyptian authorities towed the 1,300-foot ship to Great Bitter Lake, a wider expanse of the canal where authorities would be able to inspect the vessel for damage. 

Within days, dubious websites posted stories that claimed that the U.S. Navy SEALs took part in the inspection and found dead bodies and over 1,000 trafficked children on board.

"Navy Seals rescue over a thousand trafficked children and dead bodies out of shipping containers in the Suez Canal," reads the all-caps headline of an April 3 post by a blog called the Marshall Report.

One person who shared the story on their Facebook page wrote, "YOU CAN’T MAKE THIS STUFF UP!!" 

But it is made up.

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The blog post repeats claims made in another article headlined, "Trafficked Children, Bodies, Weapons Found on Evergreen Ship Blocking Suez Canal," published by a website called Before It’s News — a site that has published bogus news stories before.

It says unnamed "sources say" children were still being rescued and bodies discovered in the Ever Given’s 18,000-plus containers.

Capt. Bill Urban, a spokesman for U.S. Central Command, told PolitiFact there is "no truth" to the rumor.

The ship was not raided by the SEALs and there’s no evidence any children or bodies were found on board. Ever Given was reported to be carrying an array of consumer goods, including Ikea furniture.

The blog also contained unfounded claims about the Clintons and Wayfair, which we have debunked before.

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