Iran's victims of chemical attack's exhibition in the Netherlands
Iranian victims of chemical attack have held an exhibition on the sidelines of OPCW conference in the Hague, Netherlands.
Iran Press/Europe: Iranian victims of chemical attacks have held a photo, poster and film exhibition on the sidelines of annual conference of Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in Hague, the Netherlands.
According to an Iran Press report, they are veterans who were injured in chemical attack by Saddam, the former Iraqi dictator during the imposed war against Iran.
Iranian victims of chemical attack are trying to show the innocence of chemical victims.
The 23rd annual conference of OPCW opened on November 19 and continues until November 30.
Hassan Saki, an official in Iran's Foundation of Martyrs and Veterans Affairs said on Sunday the purpose of the exhibition is "to explain the situation and innocence of Iranian chemical victims", "informing the public" and "establishing a network to support the victims".
Iraq's imposed war against Iran began on 22 September 1980, when Iraq invaded Iran, and ended on 20 August 1988.
Saddam has used chemical weapons against Iran in the war.
In a declassified 1991 report, the CIA estimated that Iran had suffered more than 50,000 casualties from Iraq's use of several chemical weapons, though current estimates are more than 100,000 as the long-term effects continue to cause casualties.
The official CIA estimate did not include the civilian population contaminated in border towns or the children and relatives of veterans, many of whom have developed blood, lung and skin complications, according to Iran.
According to a 2002 article in the Star-Ledger, 20,000 Iranian soldiers were killed on the spot by nerve gas. As of 2002, about 5,000 of the 80,000 survivors continue to seek regular medical treatment, while 1,000 are hospital inpatients. 210/103