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What Gas Poisonings In Iran Tell Us About The Ruling Regime


For months schools in Iran have been in the crosshairs of gas attacks against the country’s children. The mullahs’ regime has constantly denied any role and refused to provide any credible explanation about the source of these attacks that are attacking the most vulnerable.

Regime officials are more recently attempting to blame Iran’s “enemies” and accusing the Iranian opposition People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK). The MEK has flat-out denied these allegations and holds the mullahs’ misogynist theocracy responsible for targeting Iran’s schools, especially since most of the victims have been schoolgirls who have played a major role in the ongoing Iranian revolution protests since September 2022.

Amidst all this, a member of the regime’s Majlis (parliament) has acknowledged measures carried out to keep a lid on the truth regarding this troubling matter and denied any foreign role in these attacks.

Yahia Ebrahimi, a member of the Majlis Health Commission, said in an interview with the Roydad24 website in Iran that officials have not been honest with the Iranian people regarding these series of gas attacks, adding they’ve been cloaking the matter for long now. And it goes without saying that regime officials and the Majlis agreed to see into the poisonings only after the gas attacks spread from the city of Qom to other cities across the country.

Reports from Iran indicate more than 13,000 students in at least 245 schools have been affected. Ebrahimi went on to reject the claim of “hysteria” raised by regime officials and specifically said there is a chemical substance involved in these attacks.

Iran’s state-controlled media, and especially those with ties to the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), churned out reports of collective hysteria and began pointing their fingers at foreign-based elements. Iran’s deputy Interior Minister in security affairs on one hand related the country’s gas attacks to stress and hysteria, while on the other raised accusations against “the protests’ plotters”.

Yahya Ebrahimi’s remarks, however, pinpoint the contradictory trend in the Iranian regime’s case on these poisonous attacks. “I have participated in all the sessions. It is false to say it has been determined that the PMOI/MEK is behind these attacks. To this day the security forces have not found any signs of foreign involvement in these attacks,” he said recently.

The world has not been silent in this regard as the European Parliament issued a resolution condemning the poisonings. Eight UN rapporteurs published a statement rebuking the mullahs’ hesitance in conducting an immediate investigation and preventing further attacks while voicing grave concerns about the regime’s Interior Minister claiming 90 percent of poisonings were due to stress, while judicial measures have been employed against journalists investigating the entirety of these gas attacks.

The regime’s claims of not having any leads in finding those behind these attacks is hard to believe, to say the least. All schools in Iran are equipped with surveillance cameras and the regime’s security forces have been identifying and arresting tens of thousands of protesters in the past six months alone. Therefore, the possibility of the regime’s own forces behind this series of poisonings targeting Iran’s children easily stands out as the most likely and logical scenario.

Some analysts are describing these poisonings as “state terrorism” and regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei remained silent on this topic for more than four months, further strengthening the suspicions against the mullahs’ own apparatus.

“After 100 days, Khamenei is looking for someone to blame in fear of an uprising, which is none other than himself, the agencies, and agents under his command. Otherwise, he should accept the international investigation mission,” said Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian opposition coalition National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), condemning the poisonous gas attacks targeting mostly schoolgirls across Iran.

Recently, Mohammad Taghi Fazel Meybodi, a theologian close to the regime, told the state-run Sharq daily that the poisonings across Iran were directed from Qom and Isfahan, two epicenters of the regime’s fundamentalist/misogynist geology. Certain groups “believe girls should have no education, or be limited to third grade at max,” he added, only to retake his remarks later, claiming they were unofficial and should not have been published.

When a regime launches “state terrorism” against its own population and specifically targets children as the most vulnerable branch of any society, there is no limit to its atrocities both inside its borders and abroad. Such a regime has no place in the international community and should be shunned by all global bodies.

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