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Kurds commemorate Halabja gas attack.

Kurds in all parts of the world commemorated the chemical bombardment of the Kurdish town of Halabja, one of the more brutal acts of the former Iraqi regime against the Kurdish people in Iraqi Kurdistan.

To mark the atrocity, Iraqis will stop for several minutes of silence to pay tribute to the victims of the gas attack.

On 16 March 1988 Iraqi warplanes dropped chemical bombs on the town, the largest-scale chemical weapons attack against a civilian-populated area in history, killing nearly 5000 innocent people and wounding tens of thousands more.

Thousands more have died due to complications, diseases, and birth defects.

The people of Kurdistan and its government have always criticized the international community for staying silent at the time of the attack.

At the Geneva Conference on Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction the Halabja gas attacks were recognized as genocide.Aa

During the conference, Halabja's mayor demanded the conference recognize 16 March as an international day of genocide carried out against Kurds.

The Iraqi High Tribunal Court also recognized the chemical bombardment of the Kurdish town of Halabja as genocide.

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