Smoke rises during the attack on Halabja
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Complaint filed against companies in Halabja chemical attack case

In 1988 a chemical attack on the Kurdish city of Halabja in northern Iraq killed 5000 people and injured some 10000 others.

Saddam Hussein ordered the attack as part of a scorched-earth campaign to crush a Kurdish rebellion in the north of the country.

On Monday lawyers in Paris filed a criminal complaint against the Western companies they believe were legally responsible for supplying the gases that were used.

Christian Fraser reports from Paris.

  • 10 Jun 2013