Iraqi PM: Changing Halabja’s provincial status a moral duty


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SULAIMANI — On the 35th anniversary of the chemical attack on Halabja, Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani and Parliament Speaker Mohammed al-Halbousi issued statements commemorating the tragic event.

Sudani said in a statement that today marks the anniversary of one of the detestable crimes against humanity committed by the former Iraqi dictatorship against the city of Halabja.

He said the Council of Ministers had voted to make Halabja a province, and that it was a moral duty for the decision to be implemented before anything else.

Halbousi said, "We express our sympathy to the families of the victims and oppose the injustice committed against the people of the city."

On March 16, 1988, 5,000 people were killed in Halabja in a chemical weapons bombardment by the Baathist regime. More than 10,000 others were injured.

(NRT Digital Media)