ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – People of the Kurdistan Region marked the 31st anniversary of the Halabja Massacre on Saturday, commemorating the tragic event by calling for the prevention of similar atrocities around the world.

On March 16, 1988, Iraqi aircrafts launched a chemical attack on the city of Halabja, killing some 5,000 people and injuring 10,000 more.

Halabja is a Kurdish city located 215 kilometers southeast of Erbil, and 10 kilometers from Iran’s border. The town was officially recognized as the newest province in the Kurdistan Region and Iraq at the end of 2013.

The Iraqi High Criminal Court recognized the Halabja massacre as an act of genocide on March 1, 2010

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