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People in Balisan commemorate 1987 chemical attack

  2021-04-16  | 
 Zhyan News Network
Residents in Balisan mark 34th anniversary of April 16,1987 chemical attack in Balisan sub-district, Wasanan and several areas in Khoshnawati valley in Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq, April 16,2021. Photo by Zhyan News Network
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – People in Balisan sub-district on Friday (April 16) commemorated the 34th anniversary of chemical attack by former Iraqi Baathist regime in Balisann sub-district, Sheikh Wasanan village and Khoshnawati valley in Erbil governorate that killed ten thousands of people and wounded hundreds. 

On April 16, 1987, at least 16 warplanes carrying chemical weapons bombed Balisan, Sheikh Wasanan and several areas that killed 250 people and wounded over 600 others. It was the first time the Baathist regime led by despot Saddam Hussein used the prohibited mass weapons against the Kurdish people.  

“Today we remember the martyrs of the chemical attack on Balisan, Sheikh Wasanan, and Khoshnawati Valley. 34 years ago, the vicious Baathist regime bombarded these areas and massacred its people. The KRG reaffirms its commitment to serving the families of the victims,” Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Masrour Barzani tweeted. 

Locals gathered in Balisan and laid wreathes on the graves of the victims and lamented lack of basic services and infrastructure projects in their area following the passing of 34 years over the attack. 

Survivors from the attack told Zhyan News Network that the infrastructure is in poor condition. 

“Services [projects] have been made in the past but with shortcomings and complacency,” he said. 

“Our demands are clear; [paved] road, water and electricity,” another protester said. 

(Zhyan English)