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100,000 Iranians are victims of Iraqi chemical weapons

Tehran, June 30, IRNA -- Some 100,000 Iranians have fallen victims to chemical weapons used by the Iraqi regime during its 1980-88 imposed war on Iran, it was announced here Wednesday.

Mostafa Qanei, secretary of a nationwide congress on consequences of use of chemical weapons, made the remark while addressing the inaugural session of the congress.

Most of the chemically wounded people are suffering from pulmonary, eyes and skin diseases, he added.

Expressing his surprise that only names of 45,000 chemically wounded have been registered by Martyrs Foundation, he said that 15 percent of the registered people are suffering from sever chemical wounds.

A number of western countries, including Germany, provided the Iraqi Baathist regime with different kinds of chemical agents during the eight-year imposed war, he said adding that the Iraqi forces made use of the supplied weapons against the Iranian military forces as well as civilians.

The Iraqi regime even used chemical weapons against its own Kurdish population, Qanei reiterated.

Halabja in Iraqi Kurdistan, and Sardasht, Marivan, Sar Pol-e Zahab and Gilan-e Gharb in western Iran were attacked by chemical weapons used by the Iraqi Baathist regime in 1987 and 1988. The attacks resulted in injury and death of thousands of innocent people, the congress secretary noted.

He further expressed his regret that scientific research on consequences of use of chemical weapons are inadequate in the country adding that even in world scientific resources not so many points have been mentioned on diagnosis and treatment of chemical patients.

The per capita cost of treatment of chemically wounded people is rls 180 million, he said calling for conduction of more research works on chemical diseases in the country.

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