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Suspected school poisonings unforgivable crime, says Khamenei

Suspected school poisonings unforgivable crime, says Khamenei

Suspected school poisonings unforgivable crime, says Khamenei

Suspected school poisonings unforgivable crime, says Khamenei

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  • Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has called the alleged schoolgirl poisonings an “unforgivable crime”.
  • And warned of severe punishments.
  • Khamenei urged law enforcement and intelligence organizations to investigate suspected poisonings.
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The wave of alleged schoolgirl poisonings in recent months has been referred to as a “unforgivable crime” by Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

“If there are any people involved in the matter, and there certainly are… the perpetrators must be given the most severe of punishments,” he warned.

Since November, inexplicable illnesses have impacted over 1,000 girls at dozens of schools.

At least 15 cities and towns reported incidents on Sunday alone.

Authorities have not made any arrests and have disclosed very little information about their investigations, but they have accused Iran’s “enemy” of exploiting the alleged poisonings to destabilize the country’s religious leadership.

Some Iranians think that hard-line forces are targeting the girls’ schools in order to prevent them from gaining an education.

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Some claim that females may be being punished by the government as a result of their leadership in the September countrywide antigovernmental rallies.

The first incidence was recorded on November 30 at a school in the revered Shia city of Qom, when 18 schoolgirls became unwell and were transported to the hospital.

Since then, 127 schools have been impacted across 25 of Iran’s 31 provinces, according to a count by the reformist news source Etemad Online.

Before getting sick, some students claim they smelt rotten fish or tangerines. Several people have experienced weariness, nausea, disorientation, and respiratory issues.

Ayatollah Khamenei urged law enforcement and intelligence organizations to “actively pursue the issue” in his first public remarks on the subject.

“The poisonings are a grave and unforgivable crime,” he declared during a speech at a tree planting event in Tehran, adding that there would be “no pardons” if anyone was identified as a perpetrator and convicted.

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Judiciary Chief Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei meanwhile warned that they could face the charge of “corruption on earth”, which is punishable by death.

He also said special courts would be set up in each province to summon “lie-spreaders and disrupters of public opinion in the case of the poisonings”.

They made their comments the day after a string of suspected poisonings was recorded in at least 15 cities and towns, with Ahvaz in the southwest and Yazd in the centre being the worst-affected.

Girls at Fatemieh Art School in the western city of Hamadan, according to footage provided by the opposition activist group 1500 Tasvir, can be heard shouting, “We don’t want to die.”

Another video showed a woman from the northern city of Rasht claiming that the local education department had been the target of tear gas shot by security troops.

Interior Minister Ahmad Vahidi stated on Saturday that investigators had taken “suspect samples” at the impacted schools, but he gave no further information.

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Research has shown that “a kind of mild poison caused the intoxication,” Health Minister Bahram Eynollahi said at a briefing last Tuesday.

In a tweet posted on Sunday, 1500 Tasvir stated that the “MCV number in all of them is lower than normal” after receiving the results of 25 blood tests from poisoned kids in various cities.

The average size of red blood cells, which are in charge of carrying oxygen from the lungs to other regions of the body, is gauged by the MCV, or “Mean Corpuscular Volume” count.

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