21 February 2019 - 14:32
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Iraqi citizen to be reunited with family after 31 years in Iran

Tehran, Feb 21, IRNA – A victim of Iraqi Saddam Hussein chemical bombardment on Halabja, who sought haven in Iran when at the age of seven and grew up in an Iranian family, will be returned to Iraq in a ceremony on Tuesday to be reunited with his family after 31 years.

Iraq BasNews website on Thursday quoted Luqman Abdulqader, head of the Halabja Chemical Weapons Victims Society, as saying that based on DNA tests, Khalil Salih Mahmoud had fled Iraq for Iran when was seven years old and an Iranian family in Qum adopted him.

Abdulqadir said after three decades of announcement that he was dead in action, the Halabja resident was identified on a DNA test that he belonged to a Kurdish family in Erbil.

Known in Iran as Mohammad Amini, the Iraqi citizen lost his father in so many years of living in Iran after Halabja bombardment.

Iranian foreign ministry officials and local representatives of Iraqi Kurdistan region in Tehran, the Halabja Chemical Weapons Victims Society, and family of the missing man will be present in ceremonies for his reconnection with the family.

On March 16, Saddam conducted chemical attack, martyring more than 5,000 citizens and injuring more than 10,000 others in Halabja.

Tens of thousands Halabja citizens were forced to flee to camps on borders with Iran to get immune of the deadly attacks and more than 70 families lost their children in the movements.
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