This photo has circulated in reports about an Israeli tank that flipped over in 2019

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A photo has been shared hundreds of times in Facebook posts that claim it shows a Myanmar military armoured vehicle attacked by anti-coup rebels on November 1, 2021. The claim is false: the photo has circulated in reports about an Israeli tank that flipped over during a training exercise in December 2019.

The image was published here on November 2, 2021 in a Facebook post. It has been shared more than 700 times.

"The armoured vehicle of MAL's army! Slept in a ravine after Tigyaing PDF gave it a taro," reads the Burmese-language caption, using a slang word for "mine bomb".

"MAL" is a reference to Myanmar army leader Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, whose forces seized power in a coup in February, ousting civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

The military's deadly crackdown on anti-coup protests has pushed some to form a so-called "People's Defence Force" (PDF) in their own townships -- made up of civilians who fight back against security forces with homemade weapons.

The Facebook post's caption continues: "At 11:30 pm on 1.11.2021, Tigyaing PDF attacked MAL's armoured vehicle with mine in Mawkun Mountain, Tigyaing Township, Sagaing. Apparently, the armoured vehicle hit a mine and fell down the mountain."

Tigyaing is a town in Myanmar's Sagaing region.

A screenshot of the misleading post, taken on November 4, 2021

The photo -- which was shared alongside a similar claim in Facebook posts here, here and here -- circulated online after local media reported that local PDF attacked Myanmar army vehicles in Tigyaing on November 1.

AFP has not been able to independently verify the reports.

However, the claim is false.

A reverse image search on Google found the photo in a news report about an Israeli tank that flipped over during training in December 9, 2019 -- more than one year before the military coup in Myanmar.

"The head of the IDF Northern Command on Monday ordered a halt to all exercises, following a training accident earlier in the day in which a tank flipped over," The Times of Israel reported.

"There were no injuries in the accident, in which a Merkava tank turned over, falling into a heavily wooded ditch, during a rainy, foggy training session in northern Israel."

A screenshot of the Times of Israel's report, taken on November 4, 2021

The same image was also shared here in a report on December 9, 2019, about the same incident by Israel Hayom, an Israeli national Hebrew-language newspaper.

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