ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan24) – People across the Kurdistan Region and abroad on Thursday commemorated the 29th anniversary of the chemical attack on Halabja committed by the former Iraqi regime.
On March 16, 1988, an estimated 5,000 civilians were killed and nearly 10,000 were wounded when the Iraqi former regime struck the city of Halabja, eastern Kurdistan Region, with chemical bombs containing mustard gas, cyanide, and sarin.
On Halabja memorial day, the Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani paid tribute to the “martyrs of Halabja and all martyrs of Kurdistan,” stating that the best gift for their sacrifices is a free and independent Kurdistan.
On Thursday, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Council of Ministers held a session discussing several issues related to the Halabja province, such as establishing the province council, opening new KRG institutions in the province and separating the financial affairs from the Sulaimani province.
People across the Kurdistan Region cities stood in silence at 11:00 AM (Local Time) to pay tribute to the victims of the Halabja chemical attack.
The main perpetrator was Ali Hassan al-Majid who was directed to carry out the attack by former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein is known among Kurds as Chemical Ali. He was executed by the Iraqi authorities on January 25, 2010.
In a post on his Twitter account, the KRG Deputy PM, Qubad Talabani, stated that “After Halabja and Anfal campaign, we thought our people would never face genocide again. We were wrong,” referring to Sinjar (Shingal) genocide by the Islamic State (IS).
Editing by Ava Homa