Iran’s foreign minister remembers victims of Sardasht chemical bombings – Reuters
In a message on Wednesday, marking the anniversary of the chemical bombings and the National Day Against Chemical and Biological Weapons, Amirabdollahian said the attacks represented the most painful dimension of the crimes of Saddam Hussein’s regime and its Western partners. .
The message is:
“In the name of God the Beneficent the Merciful
Message from Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian
June 29, 2022
To mark the anniversary of the chemical bombing of the city of Sardasht and the National Day Against Chemical and Biological Weapons
35 years have passed since the horrific chemical bombardment of Sardasht by the bloodthirsty Baathist regime. Although during the imposed eight-year war, chemical weapons and bombs were used against Iranian military personnel and civilians more than 300 times in all provinces along the western Iranian border area, the June chemical attack 1987 against four areas of the city of Sardasht and some neighboring villages, depicted the most painful dimension of the crimes of the Saddam regime and its Western partners.
To mark this occasion and its designation as “National Chemical and Biological Weapons Day”, I honor the memory of the great martyrs and precious war veterans injured by chemicals exposed to chemical weapons and ask God to ‘give their survivors and their families patience and courage.”
Located in the province of West Azerbaijan, northwest of Iran, Sardasht was the third city in the world after Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan to become the target of weapons of mass destruction.
On June 28-29, 1987, Iraqi bombers attacked 4 overcrowded parts of Sardasht with chemical bombs and engulfed its inhabitants, women and children, young and old, with deadly chemical gases.
The attacks killed 116 citizens and injured more than 5,000.