Halabja

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Halabja

(həˈlæbdʒə)
n
(Placename) a Kurdish town in NE Iraq; in March 1998 Iraqi forces used poison gas on the population, killing hundreds of civilians. Pop: estimates vary between 45 000 and 80 000
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3 earthquake that struck near Halabjah on the Iraqi side of the borders and the Iranian province of Kermanshah.
Halabjah Water Supply System in Kurdistan, Iraq, designed to supply water to four cities.
Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- Iraqi people will never forget the humanitarian aids sent by the Iranian nation to the chemically wounded residents of the Kurdish village of Halabjah in March 1988, Iraqi President Jalal Talabani said in a message read out at a conference on economic cooperation between Iran and the Iraqi Kurdistan region on Tuesday.
The same goes for the actions of late Syrian President Hafez Assad, also against the Muslim Brotherhood, in what is known as the Hamah Massacre, when hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood members were arrested, killed and displaced for allegedly spreading chaos; or the actions of late Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, who ordered several massacres, foremost among them the Halabjah massacre, where chemical weapons were used, claiming the lives of nearly 10,000 Iraqis.
Halabjah now has a Women's Center, offering counseling, legal advice, literacy training or just a sympathetic ear and a cup of tea.
They ask where we were in 1988 when Saddam Hussein was bombing the people of Kurdistan, gassing the people in Halabjah and destroying 4,500 villages in the mountains of northern Iraq.
Enforcer Ali, 62, is accused of gassing the 5,000 population of the Kurdish town of Halabjah in 1988.