More Than 1000 Schoolgirls in Iran Experiencing Symptoms of Poisoning, Government: This is an Unforgivable Crime

More than 1,000 schoolgirls in 15 cities in Iran reported experiencing the same symptoms as other girls who were victims of poison gas attacks. Recently, there has been an uproar over the news that female students in Iran were reportedly deliberately poisoned using chemical compounds. Allegedly, the purpose of the poisoned female students was so they could not go to school.

The schoolgirls interviewed by state media said they were suddenly overcome with the smell of “rotten fruit or rotten eggs or strong perfume”, and could barely breathe. Some said they passed out and had to be ‘dragged’ to get some fresh air by their friends. Others said they felt dizzy and sick. Many of the girls ended up being taken to the hospital.

At a recent press conference, Iran’s Interior Minister Ahmad Vahidi, who was asked by President Ebrahim Raisi to investigate, stated, “more than 90 percent of poisonings are not caused by external factors, and most of them are from stress and worry caused by news ,” as reported by DW.

BAMYAN, AFGHANISTAN -- SEPTEMBER 5, 2022: Somira Mousawi 16, left, Sharifa Bahmani, 14, right, and Zoha, 11, center, attend class at a school in Bamyan, Afghanistan, Monday, Sept. 5, 2022. A year after the precipitous fall of the U.S.-backed republic and the TalibanÕs ascension to power, many women across Afghanistan are grappling with the Islamic militantsÕ hard-line vision for the country and its plan to rewind the clock not only on their education but their very presence in public life. Bamyan, a breathtakingly beautiful central Afghan province dominated by the Hazara, a mostly Shiite Muslim minority that has faced persecution from the Taliban, wholeheartedly enlisted in AmericaÕs project. Rather than monochromatic full-body coverings, women here wore colorful headÊscarves and even now still dare to show their faces on the street, despite the occasional admonishment from the TalibanÕs morality police. During the republicÕs time, they took full advantage of the opportunities afforded by the U.S.-led invasion to become doctors, lawyers, soldiers and journalists. (MARCUS YAM / LOS ANGELES TIMES)Illustration/ Photo: Los Angeles Times via Getty Imag/Marcus Yam

However, Iran’s Deputy Health Minister Yunes Panahi stated that the aim of the attack was to close girls’ schools. Parliament has taken up the matter, and a formal investigation has now been opened.

“Parents protested in front of the school,” a 47-year-old mother from Iran’s capital, Tehran, told DW.

“Many are considering not sending their children to school anymore. My adult daughter is a student. She says that this poison gas attack started in the hostel during the nationwide protests. There have been reports for months but no one is taking it seriously,” he added.

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