Kurds who suffered Saddam Hussein chemical weapons attack accuse French suppliers
Monday 10 June 2013
Twenty survivors of Saddam Hussein’s deadly 1988 chemical weapons attack on the Kurdish town of Halabja have requested a judicial investigation of French suppliers, saying executives knew what they were sending to the Iraqi dictator.
Saddam ordered the poison gas strikes to crush a Kurdish rebellion, which was seen as aiding Iran in the final months of its war with Iraq; 5,000 people died.
Gavriel Mairone, a lawyer for the group that filed the complaint in France, said those who survived continue to suffer health problems and are demanding the weapons’ suppliers take responsibility.
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