Mossad: Iran, Arab States Lying About Pandemic Figures

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Head of the Mossad Yossi Cohen. (Flash90)

A number of Arab states and Iran are concealing the true extent of coronavirus in their populations, according to the Mossad on Thursday.

Mossad director Yossi Cohen told Israeli health officials during a briefing that the pandemic is much more serious than they admit, Channel 13 reports.

“In Lebanon, Iraq and Syria there is large morbidity and they’re lying,” Cohen was quoted as saying. “The number of infected and dead that the Iranians are reporting is also not true. The numbers I’m familiar with are much higher.”

In addition, Cohen spoke about efforts to bring medical equipment from overseas, noting that the Mossad obtained 50 million face masks and 260 ventilators.

“Despite all our connections, the doors were closed in most countries of the world and therefore we brought the production lines to Israel,” he said.