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What happened to on the Bloody Friday?
The brutal massacre of the oppressed and innocent people of Halabja
began before the sunrise of Friday, 17th of March 1988. The Iraqi regime committed its most tragic and horrible crime against the civilian people on Friday, 17th of March, 1988.
On that day, Halabja was bombarded more than twenty times by Iraqi regime's warplanes with chemical and cluster bombs. That Friday afternoon, the magnitude of Iraqi crimes became evident. In the streets and alleys of Halabja, corpses piled up over one a
nother. Tens of children, while playing in front of their houses in the morning, were martyred instantly by cyanide gases. The innocent children did not even have time to run back home. Some children fell down at the threshold of the door of their houses
and never rose. In a Simorgh Van, the corpses of 20 women and children who
had been prepared to leave the town and the chemical bombardment of the town had deprived them of this opportunity, made any observer stop and ponder about the corpses of these innocent people were evident.
The doors of most houses were left open and inside of each house, there
were some martyred and wounded people. The enemy had heightened the
cruelty and heart-hardness to its peak and took no pity on its own
people. This crime in the chemical bombardment of Halabja has indeed been unprecedented in the history of the
imposed war. This crime in Halabja can never be compared to the tragedy of
the chemical bombardment of Sardasht. In Halabja more than five thousand people were martyred and over seven thousand more were wounded. Women and children formed 75 percent of the martyrs and wounded of the bloody Friday of Halabja.
Along with Halabja, Khormal, Dojaileh and their surrounding frequently
but the center of the catastrophe was Halabja. In late April 1987,
twenty four villages of Iraq's Kudistan were targeted by the chemical
bombardment because of the struggles of the Muslim-Kurds people of this town
and their open opposition to the regime ruling
in Iraq. These villages were chemically bombarded twice in less than 48 hours.
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