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Wednesday, 12 May 2021 04:30 GMT

Iraq's Kurds remember 30th anniversary of deadly gas attack


( MENAFN ) On this day, thirty years ago, Iraq's Kurdish region has been hit by Saddam Hussein's 1988 gas attack in the northeastern Kurdish town of Halabja and resulted on killing 5,000 people.

Commemorating the 30th anniversary of the attack, Kurdish officials delivered speeches to a crowd of hundreds gathered for the ceremony at a stadium in the town.

At a cemetery where many of those killed in the attack are buried, relatives of victims, survivors of the attack and officials laid flowers beside rows of headstones.

The 1988 attack was ordered by Saddam's government as part of a scorched-earth campaign to crush a Kurdish rebellion in the north and came to symbolize the brutality of his rule.

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