Iran schoolgirls allegedly poisoned in attempt to close schools, authorities investigating – National

Iranian authorities are investigating reports that hundreds of female students were intentionally poisoned by toxic gases that drifted into classrooms, mostly at girls’ schools.

Dozens of schoolgirls have reportedly been hospitalized as a result of the attacks in Iranian cities such as Qom and Boljeld. Local media reports say around 30 schools in the region have been targeted for poisoning. It has become.

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Iran’s Deputy Education Minister Younes Panahi confirmed to the state-run IRNA news agency on Sunday that “some people wanted all schools, especially girls’ schools, to be closed”. It added that “most” of the chemicals suspected of poisoning the students were “treatable.”

The Guardian spoke with New York-based Iranian human rights activist Mashy Alinejad.revenge by the Islamic Republic against school-aged girls who were at the forefront of the ongoing protests in the country.”

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Massive protests have continued in Iran since September when 22-year-old Mahsa Amini died in custody of the country’s theocratic “morality police.” Amini was accused of violating the country’s law of humility. Initial protests after Amini’s death focused on Iran’s strict dress code, which dictates what women can wear, but have since expanded into broader calls for regime change. Thousands of people have been jailed for participating in protests.

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The Noor Yazdanshahr Conservatory in Qom, about 125 kilometers from Iran’s capital Tehran, reported the first reported case of school poisoning in November. In December, a conservatory student was reportedly exposed to the poison again.

Just on Tuesday, another girls’ school in Purdis, some 40 kilometers from Tehran, was suspected of being attacked.

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At least one all-boys school has also reportedly been the target of a string of addictions.

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People believed to have been affected by the toxic gas have complained of headaches, heart palpitations, lethargy and inability to move. Concerns about carbon monoxide poisoning at school have been dispelled.

Parents of students in the affected areas should faced Education officials trying to get information on addiction, according to Bloomberg.

No known suspects. The attacks have raised concerns that schoolgirls may have been poisoned simply for apparently asking for an education – not since the 1979 Islamic Revolution more than 40 years ago.Iran It has itself called on the Taliban in neighboring Afghanistan to encourage girls and women to return to school.

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Iran has had attacks on women in the past, the most recent being a series of acid attacks around Isfahan in 2014. But even in the turmoil surrounding the Islamic Revolution, no one targeted female students for attending classes.

— with files from The Associated Press

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