Visible From Space, Iran's Coronavirus Mass Graves Give the Lie to the Mullahs' Propaganda
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei has dismissed the coronavirus as "not that big a deal" but Iran's Health Ministry has reported that 429 people have died of the virus, and the country's deputy health minister has contracted the virus. New satellite imagery shows that mass graves in Qom, the mullahs' spiritual center, are visible from space. This graveyard lends weight to the opposition party's claim that the regime is underreporting the deaths and the number is closer to 1,500.
The Washington Post published images from the Colorado firm Maxar Technologies showing the mass graves visible from space.
The images show the Behesht-e Masoumeh complex in Qom, about 80 miles south of Tehran, where the excavation of a new section of the graveyard began as early as February 21, according to satellite imagery. The digging rapidly expanded as the virus spread. By the end of the month, two large trenches — their lengths adding up to 100 yards — had become visible from space, the Post reported.
Coronavirus spread quickly in Iran, spurred on in part by the Islamic regime's close ties with China, according to The Wall Street Journal. The regime has reported that more than 10,000 people have contracted the disease and 429 have died. The dead include members of parliament, a former diplomat, and even a senior adviser to the supreme leader. The regime has reported that more than 846 people have contracted the coronavirus in Qom, a city of about 1.2 million.
"But videos, satellite images and other open-source data from the cemetery — a vast complex six miles north of the city center — suggest that the number of people struck down by the virus there is significantly higher than the official figure," the Post reported.