More A ‘new wave of poisoning attacks’ has hospitalised Iranian schoolgirls
TEHRAN: According to local media, a new round of suspected poisoning attacks occurred on Saturday, resulting in the hospitalization of dozens of Iranian schoolgirls from five provinces.
Over the past three months, hundreds of schoolgirls have experienced respiratory distress, with some requiring hospitalization, primarily in the holy city of Qom, south of Tehran.
The most recent round of poisonings was reported by Tasnim and Mehr news agencies in the western Hamedan province, Zanjan and West Azerbaijan in Iran’s northwest, Fars in the south, and Alborz in the north.
According to the reports, dozens of students have been transported to nearby hospitals for treatment, and all of the students are generally in good health.
“The enemy’s conspiracy to create fear and despair in the people,” President Ebrahim Raisi called the poisoning cases on Friday, saying he had asked the ministers of intelligence and interior to investigate them.
“One of the immediate priorities of the government, to alleviate the concerns of the families and to hold perpetrators accountable,” said Nasser Kanani, spokesman for the foreign ministry.
According to reports in the media, at least 10 girls’ schools were poisoned on Wednesday, seven in the city of Ardabil in the northwest and three in Tehran, the capital.
Younes Panahi, Iran’s deputy health minister, stated last week that the poisonings were meant to prevent girls from getting an education.
More than five months after the death in custody of Iranian Kurd Mahsa Amini, 22, who had been arrested for allegedly violating strict dress codes for women, the series of poisonings follows.
Tehran claims that the protests, which the authorities generally refer to as “riots,” have resulted in the deaths of hundreds of individuals and the arrests of thousands more.