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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Iraqi Kurds gather to honor victims of Halabja gas attacks

Thousands of Kurds on Sunday mourned the loss of their loved ones on the 20th anniversary of the chemical attack on Halabja, The New York Times reported the next day.

On March 16, 1988, Saddam Hussein launched an attack on Halabja, a city in northern Iraq consisting primarily of ethnic Kurds. The poisonous clouds of chemicals killed over 5,000 people and caused harmful side effects for thousands more. The article notes that after the attacks: “Survivors suffered health problems, including sterility and breathing difficulties, and had children born with deformities.”

Ceremonies were held in Halabja to “commemorate the dead” with “Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki call[ing] for a moment of silence and a reading of a verse from the Koran,” the article reported.

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