Anti-Imperialism/Foreign Policy

Saudis Drop Air Masks Contaminated with COVID-19 Into Yemen

By Randi Nord

Geopolitics Alert

Sana’a (GPA) – The Saudi coalition continues weaponizing disease in Yemen — this time capitalizing on the novel coronavirus — in a disturbing and barbaric fashion. Saudi planes have air dropped suspicious face masks and other supplies potentially contaminated with COVID-19 into some of Yemen’s most vulnerable areas.

Speaking to Geopolitics Alert on Monday, Dr. Yosuf Al-Haidari, official spokesman of Yemen’s Ministry of Public Health, said Saudi planes dropped suspicious packages across Yemen’s impoverished Hodeidah province containing face masks and other supplies. Dr. Al-Haidari called the action “strange” and “unrealistic” due to Riyadh’s history of weaponizing disease and destroying Yemen’s healthcare sector through a five-year blockade.

It’s worth mentioning that Hodeidah province is still an active frontline in the war, facing hundreds of Saudi airstrikes and artillery bombardment every day.

Yemen’s Health Ministry urged residents not to touch the masks due to their potential for containing biological weaponry.

It wouldn’t be out of character for Riyadh to contaminate medical supplies with COVID-19 before distributing them to Yemen’s vulnerable populations. In 2017, Yemen suffered a cholera outbreak globally unprecedented in modern times. Over 2 million were infected as of October 2019 with thousands succumbing to the medieval illness.


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  1. In other words, quite wrongful mass murder war with biological “weapons” has begun, because we are still organised in the form of territorial targets for them, rather than forming and maintaining mere networks of like-minded volunteers, whose members and subscribers might live widely distributed in one or several countries or even world-wide. To prevent all wars, tyrannies, despotisms, violent revolutions and totalitarian regimes, as well as forms of majority despotism via “free voting”, we should, reorganise a.s.a.p. in form of such networks of volunteers, all under full non-territorial autonomy, all starting with individual and group secessions from all existing territorial power regimes. Thus all could come to live under the self-chosen kind of a supposedly ideal or better system. That has already been largely realised in the religious sphere, via religious tolerance, even for all kinds of sectarians and atheists. We do urgently need the same kind of tolerance for the believers in diverse political, economic and social systems, all kinds of anarchists and libertarians included, with none of them trying to gain or retain a territorial monopoly for themselves, while they are peacefully coexisting and competing, all at the own expense and risk only. Do a search for the writings on “panarchy”, “polyarchy” and “personal law”. The tradition of personal law systems is already ancient by now. Country-wide territorial statism, governmentalism, monopolism, nationalism and power systems are a relatively new and imposed invention, just like the monetary and legalised despotism of central banking. – John Zube, 3.4.20.

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