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The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned of a deadly cholera outbreak in Lebanon with a press release it put out on 31 October.
The report highlights the severity of the virus outbreak, which has spread throughout every governorate of the country. The first infection in Lebanon was reported on 6 October 2022, nearly three decades since the last outbreak.
Since then, the country has registered more than 1,400 suspected cases and 17 related deaths. The strain is similar to the current virus strain in Syria, according to laboratory findings.
According to reliefweb, Syria has thousands of cases and 75 associated deaths. Raqqa and Deir Ezzor are the regions that have been affected the most.
Dr. Abdinasir Abubakar, the WHO representative in Lebanon, warned that “cholera is deadly, but it’s also preventable through vaccines and access to safe water and sanitation. It can be easily treated with timely oral rehydration or antibiotics for more severe cases,” adding that “the situation in Lebanon is fragile as the country already struggles to fight other crises – compounded by prolonged political and economic deterioration.”
The WHO has reassured the Ministry of Public Health to secure 600,000 vaccines for the country, despite a global shortage of cholera vaccines.
“There is still an opportunity to limit the spread and impact of the outbreak by intensifying response interventions, including improving water and sanitation quality. We also need to raise awareness on how to prevent cholera infection so that we can lift the pressure off hospitals,” Dr. Abdinasir Abubakar said in the report.
Meanwhile, Syria’s permanent ambassador to the United Nations, Bassam al-Sabbagh, has accused Turkey of being behind the spread of cholera, arguing that “Syria is making great efforts to curb the spread of the cholera epidemic, which has become an additional threat to the lives of Syrians, as a result of the Turkish regime’s continued use of water as a weapon of war.”
عاجل| السفير صباغ: سورية تبذل جهوداً كبيرة للحد من انتشار وباء الكوليرا الذي بات يشكل خطراً إضافياً على حياة السوريين، جراء مواصلة النظام التركي استخدام المياه كسلاح حرب.#جريدة_وطنناhttps://t.co/LA7Yly3ypi
— جريدة وطننا BIZIM VATANIMIZ GAZETESİ (@bizim_vatanimiz) October 25, 2022
The use of biological weapons is nothing new, as various countries engage in the research of such strains.
Earlier in September, a highly revealing academic paper was published exposing the details of a previously hidden operation by Zionist militias during the 1948 Nakba (or “Catastrophe”), in which chemical and biological weapons were used to poison Palestinians, intervening Arab armies, and the citizens of neighboring states with typhoid, dysentery, malaria, and other diseases.
Working by stealth, Zionist militants poured vast quantities of infectious bacteria into wells and aqueducts providing villages, towns, and cities with water, in direct violation of the 1925 Geneva Protocol, which strictly prohibits “the use of bacteriological methods of warfare.”
The local epidemics created by this man-made disaster greatly assisted the forcible conquest of Palestinian territory by armed Jewish militias with their capture made permanent, while hindering the progress of advancing Arab armies.