Saudi-led Forces Airdropping Virus-infected Masks in Sanaa, Other Yemeni Cities
By Staff, Agencies
Yemeni Information Minister Dhaifullah al-Shami raised the possibility of the facemasks airdropped by Saudi-led warplanes in Sanaa and other cities being infected with the new coronavirus, urging media outlets and activists to spread awareness of the danger.
Given the fact that the Saudi-led coalition has turned Yemen into the scene of the world’s worst humanitarian crisis through years of lethal military aggression, al-Shami said it is a big surprise to see coalition forces distributing masks across the capital and several other Yemeni provinces, the Middle East Monitor press observatory organization reported on Tuesday.
The minister further urged media and activists to warn citizens against touching or wearing the masks.
Yemen had not yet identified any cases of the infection in the war-torn country amid the pandemic, which has affected almost all world states and has claimed more than 42,000 lives worldwide, the official added.
Therefore, he concluded, the Saudi aggressors would be responsible for any emergence of the outbreak in Yemen. They have already displayed their intention to afflict Yemen with the virus by targeting a quarantine center in al-Salif District of the western province of al-Hudaydah Province, al-Shami noted.
Relatively, the head of Sanaa local council also warned citizens against touching the masks.
Also on Sunday, Yemen’s official Saba Net news agency cited the country’s Supreme Council for the Management and Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs as confirming the coalition’s new tactic of airdropping “various supplies” across the country.
It warned that the aggressors were trying to use the outbreak “as a means of war on our people and the targeting of Yemen, which is by far one of the three countries in the world completely free of the coronavirus outbreak.”
“Carrying out such suspicious operations, reflect their criminal intentions,” the Council said.