CLAIM: Video shows a South African mall ablaze, with people leaping from the building amid civil unrest in the country.

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FILE - In this Friday, May 24, 2019 file photo, firefighters spray water on a burning building in Surat, in the western Indian state of Gujarat. (AP Photo/Sarju Parekh)

THE FACTS: The video, viewed widely on Facebook, was altered to suggest it was taken in South Africa. In the video, a narrator says: "This is a shopping mall that has been set on fire," as the words "South Africa" scroll across the screen.

However, the video was actually taken on May 24, in Surat, India, when a fire broke out in a four-story tutoring center, killing 19 students and injuring dozens more.

The AP covered that fire, and images from the time match the multi-level storefront building in the video. In addition, numerous videos with scenes from the Indian fire can be found online. In the last few days, there has been a rise in looting and arson attacks against foreign-owned businesses in Johannesburg and South Africa's capital, Pretoria.

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