A leaked classified document from the Yemeni Defense Ministry of the Saudi-backed administration has revealed the outbreak of the novel coronavirus among militiamen loyal to Yemen’s former President Abd Rabbuh 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 militiamen after they showed symptoms similar to those of the respiratory disease.
The COVID-19 test results sent waves of terror and panic among the Saudi-backed and pro-Hadi loyalists, which Saudi-sponsored militia commanders fear could lead to major losses and humiliating defeats in battles against Houthi Ansarullah fighters.
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.