Egyptian Army spokesman shared fake training via Twitter.
On July 25, 2020, Egyptian Army spokesman Tamer Al-Refai made a fake statement regarding the Egyptian and French navies conducting joint training in the Mediterranean. “Egyptian and French naval forces conducted joint maritime training in the Mediterranean.“, said Brigadier General Tamer al-Refi in a share via his official Twitter account.
#المتحدث_العسكرى : القوات البحرية المصرية والفرنسية تنفذان تدريباً بحرياً عابراً فى نطاق البحر المتوسط … pic.twitter.com/UkM2kZ4LdC
— المتحدث العسكري (@EgyArmySpox) July 25, 2020
Egyptian army spokesman Tamer Al-Refai’s post he shared for naval training in the Mediterranean on 25 July, at 19.02 PM, turned out to be a fake. Looking carefully at the photo, it is understood that the Aconit F713, a French Navy frigate, was added next to an Egyptian Navy frigate with the help of photo editing software.
The original of the shared image is based on a photograph of the French Navy Aconit F713 dated September 19, 2013. It is stated that the photograph was taken during a joint exercise “Passex” carried out by the US and French Navies in the Mediterranean. It was also stated that the photograph was taken by the US Navy Mass Media Specialist Darien G. Kenney, while the MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter was landing on the frigate.
The fake post made by Egypt drew great attention on social media. On the other hand, it is a great curiosity about how Egypt, which gives the national media a very bad impression, will fix this situation. Besides this embarrassing incident, it is also known by the national media that Egypt and France supported coup plotter Haftar on many issues and stood with him in the civil war in Libya.