Iran Digs Mass Graves for Coronavirus Victims So Big They’re Visible from Space
Aerial photos appear to show a large cemetery in the holy city of Qom
Iran has been digging mass graves for their spiraling number of coronavirus victims, and they can even be seen from space via satellite images, according to experts.
Aerial photos appear to show a large cemetery in the holy city of Qom.
According to the Washington Post, experts say there are signs that the new 300ft trenches were dug for victims who have died from the virus.
Moreover, images that have circulated on social media appear to confirm that the graves are being used for coronavirus patients.
Iran has been at the center of the worst coronavirus outbreaks as suspicion grows the regime is covering up the true scale of the crisis.
According to official figures, 429 people have died.
The satellite images of the Behesht-e Masoumeh cemetery, which were published by Maxar Technologies, show the graveyard lying unused as recently as October.
But as of March, the one earlier half-filled quadrant had been fully filled, while work had begun on another unused section.
Two new 300ft trenches have appeared in the second quadrant, which is visible from aerial pictures.
A Maxar analyst told the Post that the excavation work was a 'departure' from earlier burials at the site.
The analyst suggests the white substance could be a supply of lime, which is sometimes used in mass graves.
Lime is used to slow down the decay of a body, according to experts.
Iranian officials have acknowledged using lime to bury victims of the coronavirus.
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In one video, a narrator refers to the 'coronavirus patients' section' identified as the Behest-e Masoumeh graveyard.
The second video quotes a worker who claims "they must have buried more than 250 coronavirus victims so far."
The narrator says the graves had been freshly dug, which supports the evidence from the satellite images.
"These are all graves, and they are fresh. These are all from the last few days. And as you can see, it goes on until the end," the worker says.
The Iranian regime faced criticism for refusing to shut down Qom despite a large number of Shi'ite pilgrims who regularly travel there.
Earlier this month, Neon Nettle reported the top adviser to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei died from coronavirus, as other key officials are also infected with the deadly COVID-19.
The country also recently ordered the temporary release of over 54,000 prisoners in an attempt to stop the spread of the coronavirus in its jails.
Prisons in Iran are notoriously overcrowded and unsanitary, which reportedly makes them hotbeds for the spread of the virus.
Among those released from the jails include some of the regime’s political prisoners.
But only inmates who tested negative for the coronavirus and have been sentenced to less than five years are set to be released, according to the Iranian judiciary.