Multiple Iranian news outlets breathlessly reported on Thursday the reported death of a Mossad operative in a drone attack in Iraq.
The only problem? The man in question was named as “Asa Flotz,” which translates in Hebrew to “he farted.” Many outlets quickly realized that the joke was on them, but others continued to report the news as of Thursday evening.
It is unclear where the fake name originated, and some outlets identified the man as Ilak Ron, which does not mean anything scatological or otherwise.
Despite the joke name, several outlets in Israel also picked up the Iranian chatter, detailing unconfirmed reports of a Mossad agent targeted in the attack.