Revealed the scale of the poisoning of Iranian schoolgirls
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Poison gas attacks on Iranian schoolgirls have shocked the world for months since the first reports in November, in the midst of anti-regime protests sparked by the death of a young woman who was in the custody of the vice police.
Sources inside and outside of Iran provided The Media Line with a true picture of the extent of the incidents, including the names of many of the schools that were attacked, the exact dates they occurred and the number of people affected.
Among these sources, “New Iran” is a non-profit political organization whose several founders cooperate against the Islamic Republic and participate in the struggle inside and outside the country.
More than 1,000 schoolgirls in more than 26 schools in 25 of Iran's 31 provinces were poisoned in the city of Qom in November, when 15 schools were targeted. Victims reported a smell similar to rotten oranges, followed by nausea, headaches and finally , shortness of breath, which forced them to urgently seek medical help.
The list of target schools provided by The Media Line includes a hundred educational institutions that were attacked from November 2022 to the end of February 2023. These are both primary and secondary schools, and the attacks occurred more often than in one place on the same day.
Attacks have been reported on girls' schools in many major cities, and Tehran, Ardabil, Isfahan, Shahin Shahr, Karaj and Kermanshah were even attacked on the same day.
Qom — one of the cities with the most frequently attacked schools. For example, on February 6, at least 11 schools in Qom were gassed, injuring at least 86 people, according to The Media Line. Three schools in the city were also hit on February 14 , where 117 people were poisoned.
The Ahmadiyeh Borujerd Girls' High School in Borujerd was also hit. In February, there were three attacks in four days, injuring at least 126 people.
Several Iranian politicians have accused religious groups opposed to girls' education for the poisonings, and a little-known Qom group calling themselves Fadayeen-e Velayat has claimed responsibility.
The group said it was against Islam to allow girls to get an education and threatened to intensify attacks if the authorities continued to allow girls into classes.
However, TML was unable to verify this independently, and numerous Iran experts consulted by TML knew little about the organization and questioned the veracity of the claim.
In fact, Iranian TML sources and experts on the subject have suggested that the attacks are being carried out either at the direction of the government or with its tacit support. This is supposedly done in order to distract the public from the ongoing protests against the regime and blame the causes of the unrest on a bunch of &ldquo ;arbitrary extremist Taliban”.
Media Line sources also suggest the attacks are an attempt to distract the Iranian public while the late Shah's son, exiled Prince Reza Pahlavi, is on his current European tour as part of its efforts to overthrow the Islamist regime and restore the monarchy.
Similarly, sources say the attacks could be an act of revenge against the women who were the driving force behind the latest wave of protests.
A more radical suggestion is that the poison gas allegedly used in the attacks is a diluted version of a chemical weapons used in Syria by Iranian regime ally President Bashar al-Assad in rebel-held areas. Sources suggest that this use of such deadly weapons predates their use against protesters in Iran.
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