Israel-Palestine conflict

FALSE: Video of ‘war of Israel and Palestine’

FALSE: Video of ‘war of Israel and Palestine’
The video is a Russian military video and has no connection to Israel or Palestine
At a glance
  • Main claim: A video posted on Facebook claims that it shows the war between Israel and Palestine.
  • Rating: FALSE
  • The facts: The Facebook page “Stand With Palestine” posted a video of military bombing and deployment, with the caption “War on Israel and Palestine.” The video is not at all related to Israel or Palestine, as it is a Russian military drill video. The soldiers are also talking in Russian and the military vehicles use a Russian military license plate.
  • Why we fact-checked this: The post has 6,000 shares, almost 4,000 comments, and 25,000 reactions, as of writing. Many users who commented on the video believed it was Israel’s military conducting operations against Palestine.
Complete details

On Wednesday, May 19, the Facebook page “Stand With Palestine” posted a six-minute video with the false caption, “War on Israel and Palestine.” The video was posted a day after the Facebook page was created.

As of writing, the video has nearly 4,000 comments, 6,000 shares, and 25,000 reactions.

Some users who shared the claim on their Facebook accounts thought it was Israel attacking Palestine.

The claim is false.

The post is not at all related to Israel or Palestine, as the video is a Russian military drill. A portion of the uploaded video was sourced from the Kavkaz 2020 video that was provided by the Russian government in September 2020.

Ruptly, a Russian state-affiliated video news agency, posted the video on September 25, 2020.

“As part of the Kavkaz-2020 strategic command and staff exercise, the rocket artillery of the Southern Military District (YuVO) unit destroyed the armored vehicles of the mock enemy at the Prudboy training ground in the Volgograd region. This was reported by the Ministry of Defense on Friday,” Ruptly earlier said in its video caption.

Further, the soldiers in the video are talking in Russian and one of the vehicles shown uses a Russian military license plate, which distinctly uses white characters on a black background.

RUSSIAN MILITARY. The mirror image shows that the vehicle uses a Russian military license plate.
Facebook video screenshot

The number 21 on the plate indicates that the military vehicle indeed belongs to Russia’s Southern Military District, formerly called the North Caucasus Military District, according to different Russian and European websites, including Europlates, a collection of different regular and military license plates across Europe.

On May 21, an Egyptian-mediated truce between Israel and Hamas began. However, each side had said it stood ready to retaliate for any truce violations by the other. Cairo said it would send two delegations to monitor the ceasefire. – Camille Elemia/Rappler.com