Yemen: Leaked doc shows COVID-19 outbreak among Hadi supporters
A leaked classified document from the Yemeni Defense Ministry of the Saudi-backed administration has revealed the outbreak of the novel coronavirus among militants supporting Yemen’s fugitive President Mansur Hadi.
The document, issued by the Department of the Military Medical Service of the ministry and addressed to the Archives of Logistics Documents, showed that the Saudi mercenaries have contracted the deadly virus while fighting in the third and seventh military zones of Yemen, Arabic-language al-Alam television news network, citing local media outlets, reported.
The paper further exposed that COVID-19 diagnostic tests were administered to the militants after they showed symptoms similar to those of the respiratory disease.
The samples were sent to the eastern Yemeni province of Hadhramaut, and they were all positive subsequently.
The COVID-19 test results sent waves of terror and panic among the Saudi-backed and pro-Hadi militants, which Saudi-sponsored militant commanders fear could lead to major losses and humiliating defeats in battles against Ansarullah defenders.
Earlier, Yemeni military sources close to the former administration had pointed to the outbreak of the coronavrius among Saudi mercenaries, especially in the Midi district of the country’s northern province of Hajjah.
The number of people infected with the novel coronavirus in the Yemeni provinces controlled by Saudi mercenaries has increased to 249 as health authorities confirmed 16 new cases on Tuesday.
“Aid agencies in Yemen are operating on the basis that community transmission is taking place across the country,” Jens Laerke, spokesman for the OCHA, told a briefing in the Swiss city of Geneva at the time.
“We hear from many of them that Yemen is really on the brink right now. The situation is extremely alarming; they are talking about that the health system has in effect collapsed,” he said.