According to a source close to Al-Masdar, 25 soldiers of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) have died inside Daraa governorate over the past weeks due to local swine flu outbreak. Especially the 121st Brigade of the 7th Division seems to be affected as the majority of deceased soldiers are from the Brigade HQ near Sanamayn city in northern Daraa.

Upon the death of a Syrian soldier, usually their families are given benefits by the Syrian Government as to compensate the loss of their relative. However, because the soldiers’ death was caused by disease rather than war, they have not been designated as Killed in Action (KiA) or ‘martyrs’ and as such, their families will not receive the usual compensation.

Furthermore, according to intel delivered to Al-Masdar News exclusively, the local Syrian Arab Army commander-in-chief in northern Daraa failed to bring in doctors as to treat the illness while controversially also sending them to fight on the frontline despite the critical condition of the soldiers.

According to a relative of a Syrian soldier who spoke to Al-Masdar News, he suddenly fell ill at ease and began to spit blood. Nevertheless, upon requesting a leave as to deal with his illness, he was declined by his superior. Two days later, he fainted on the frontline in southern Syria. After becoming unconscious, he was brought to Tishreen Hospital in Damascus. But sadly, he later died of internal injuries.

Due to the Syrian war, many civilians, soldiers and fighters have been denied access to basic healthcare and as such, many somewhat harmless diseases have had deadly consequences. For now, it’s unknown how many Syrians have been infected by the swine influenza virus. However, an outbreak in southern Syria has now been confirmed.

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stavros h
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Biological warfare on the part of NATO?

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tipex

commander needs to be court martialed at the very least. it’s every commander’s job to look after the health of the troops under his command

Immanuel Abdurrahman
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Nice

ahmadfadhillah
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ahmadfadhillah

#SAA calls #RuAF Target the All Many #FSA in #Daraa! https://t.co/cUlIdDiY6t

Antonio Letyagin
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Antonio Letyagin

Свиной грипп поражает войска Асада, ополченцев на Донбассе, людей в РФ. Странное совпадение.. https://t.co/cyHTliztsc

Colin Parkinson
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The Soviets lost more people to diseases than enemy action in Afghanistan and had over 300,000 hospitalized over the course of their occupation of that country. This is the reason Western armies are so picky about hygiene.

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Too many blunders by SAA and NDF officers.First, that stupid attack with 25+ dead in East Ghouta and now this.And this happened in last week alone.

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Seems they got cardiac muscle inflammation – due to overexertion while being sick

Tony Backhouse
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Tony Backhouse

The Outbreak of Spanish Influenza virus that ended WW1 in 1918 killed more people than the entire WW1 Conflict. This illness was incorrectly attributed to a parasitic bacteria that was as a result named “Haemopholus Influenzae” that took over causing Bacterial Meningitis – this Bacteria can only survive at human body temperature and only exists in h**o Sapiens Sapien’s Tracheas but never existed in Australia until European arrival in 1788 – the resultant disease outbreak from SmallPox and Meningitis killed half of Sydney’s indigenous Population within the first 12 Months.