Another 60 school-age girls were poisoned in Iran

Poisoned girls in Iran who had to be hospitalized a few weeks ago (Iran News Updates/File)

At least 60 girls were poisoned this Saturday in several schools in Iran, a country shaken for more than four months by mysterious poisonings of students, local media reported.

Since the end of November, many schools, mostly for girls, have been affected by sudden poisonings caused by gases or toxic substanceswhich cause discomfort and fainting, sometimes followed by hospitalizations.

Quoted on Friday by state television, the head of the National Commission for the Determination of the Facts, the deputy Hamidreza Kazemideclared that the final report of this body would be published “In two weeks”.

At least “60 students were poisoned (on Saturday) in a Haftkel girls’ school”, in the province of Khozestan (southwest), indicated the news agency iribnewsciting a local official.

Other girls were also intoxicated in “five schools in Ardabil, in the northwest”, where they showed “symptoms of anxiety, shortness of breath and headache”, added the same source.

In Urmiacapital of West (North-West) Azerbaijan Province, “an indeterminate number“of students of a primary school were also affected”after a gas projection”, indicated the agency Ilnawithout giving more details.

An official balance of March 7 indicated that “more than 5,000 students” had been poisoned in more than 230 establishments located in 25 provinces.of the 31 that the country has.

poisonings they had ceased at the beginning of Marchafter the announcement of a hundred arrests, but they started again three weeks later.

Iran’s supreme leader, the ayatollah Ali KhameneiI had asked on March 6 “severe penalties”, including the death penalty, against the people who would be held responsible for these poisonings.

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei had called on March 6 for
The Iranian Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, had called on March 6 for “severe penalties” against the people who would be held responsible for these poisonings (West Asia News Agency/Handout via REUTERS/File) (OFFICE OF THE IRANIAN SUPREME LE/ )

The regime announced that the Police will use cameras to identify unveiled women

Iranian police announced on Saturday that is installing cameras In public places to identify women who do not wear the veil, a new repressive measure aimed at imposing the use of this mandatory garment in the Islamic country.

“In an innovative measure to avoid tensions and conflicts in the application of the veil law, Police will use smart tools and cameras in public places and roads to identify people (not wearing hijab)”, indicated the security body in a statement cited by the agency tasnim.

The security body explained that messages will be sent to women who do not comply with the law of the veil and chastity, “informing them of the consequences”.

“The Police will not tolerate any individual or collective behavior contrary to the law,” according to the statement.

the veil is mandatory in Iran since 1983 and non-use is punishable by jail.

The measure is intended to “preserve family values, strengthen mental health and guarantee the peace of citizens” and to avoid acts that “dirty” the spirituality of the country, according to the Police.

Many Iranian women have stopped wearing the mandatory Islamic headscarf as a way of protest and civil disobedience since death in September Mahsa Amini after being arrested precisely for wearing the hijab badly.

Amini’s death sparked strong protests across the country in which the end of the Islamic Republic was requested and in which the universities, institutes and even colleges played an important role.

State repression led to the deaths of some 500 people in the protests over the death of Amini, the arrest of thousands and four protesters were hanged, one of them in public.

(With information from AFP and EFE)

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