The Shiite terrorist organization Hezbollah announced it would invest in doctors, medical equipment, and clinics to treat Chinese coronavirus patients in Lebanon, joining a growing list of terrorist organizations waging what Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei dubbed a “jihad” against the pandemic.
Iran’s Tasnim News Agency claimed that Hezbollah “is deploying 1,500 doctors, 3,000 nurses and paramedics and 20,000 more activists” to help contain the coronavirus outbreak in Lebanon, where government officials have documented 368 cases of coronavirus and six deaths as of Thursday.
The mobilization of terrorist groups to confront the Chinese virus follows a dismissive statement at the beginning of the month from Ayatollah Khamenei, who himself at age 80 is in the high-risk group for life-threatening complications as a result of a Chinese coronavirus infection.
The supreme leader tasked the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), a U.S.-designated terrorist organization with close ties to Hezbollah, with running the nation’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Official government numbers – which even regional Iranian government officials claim are incorrect and lower than the real extent of the problem – show nearly 30,000 cases of coronavirus in the country and slightly over 2,200 deaths.