The official spokesman of the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, Brigadier General Turki al-Maliki, has been embroiled in a new scandal, in which he falsely claimed the existence of a missile manufacturing plant in the port of Hodeidah.
These allegations were quickly refuted by Sana’a, and put al-Maliki in an embarrassing position, as the footage used as evidence turned out to come from a fiction movie.
The scene presented by the coalition’s spokesman was taken from a 2010 movie named Severe Clear, which narrates the story of a US military unit in the beginning of the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
“One scandal after another, the coalition spokesman reviewed what he claims is a missile site in Hodeidah port. However, the scenes were taken from a movie. He presents this scene to the public as an intelligence achievement made by the coalition, in order to to make up for its losses on the ground through artificial, fabricated and ridiculous intelligence media victories,” chief Yemeni diplomat Mohammed Abdulsalam said in a reaction.
من فضيحة إلى أكبر ومن إفلاس إلى آخر باستعراض ناطق التحالف ما يدعيه أنه موقع لصواريخ في ميناء الحديدة ليتبين أنه مشهد من فيلم تم اجتزاؤه وتقديمه للرأي العام على أنه إنجاز استخباراتي لتحالف يريد تعويض خسائره الميدانية بانتصارات إعلامية استخباراتية مصطنعة ومختلقة ومثيرة للسخرية. pic.twitter.com/q1VyzXnLMD
— محمد عبدالسلام (@abdusalamsalah) January 9, 2022