Frame of the video shows an armed man wearing civilian cloths
CAIRO- 21 Apri: Qatari TV network Al-Jazeera and Muslim Brotherhood channel Mekameleen have released a fabricated video that shows what it claims are “Egyptian soldiers” in Sinai shooting civilians, media experts said.
The video that was released on Thursday night on Muslim Brotherhood's Mekameleen Channel which operates from Turkey, shows armed men described by the Qatari network as “Egyptian military soldiers” taking out civilians from a vehicle and shooting them in a desert area that is similar to some areas in Sinai Peninsula.
The video was aired more than once by Al-Jazeera after it was released by Mekameleen.
Here are the six mistakes in the video that media experts believe to be the evidance that shows the clip was fabricated:
1- The video shows some of the armed men wearing civilian clothes, which are banned in the Egyptian military.
2- The armed men in the video were speaking an Arabic dialect that is not Egyptian
3- Some of the armed men had beards, which is not allowed according to the Egyptian military code
4- The armed men were wearing a mixture of winter and summer uniforms, which is not logical because all the soldiers must wear the same uniform, either the winter uniform or the summer uniform.
5- The video was taken with a mobile phone camera; soldiers are not allowed to take any phone devices with them during operations.
6- Egyptian military never executes terrorists. They are referred for prosecution instead
The armed men in the video were speaking an Arabic dialect that is not Egyptian
“What is new about this video is not the fabrication; Aljazeera network is used to doing that anyway. What is new is their childish unprofessionalism,” said Moataz Abdel Fattah, Professor of Political Science at Cairo University and the American University in Cairo.
He added that this kind of propaganda does not decrease the public's confidence in the Egyptian army because Egyptians are smart enough to differentiate between what is real and what is fake.
“Reading the Egyptians' reactions on social media, I found that thousands of users have discovered the mistakes in the videos by themselves without waiting for an expert in film making,” Abdel Fattah added.