Iran to Release Iraqi POWs
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) _ Iran will release 48 disabled Iraqi prisoners of war this week, Iran’s official news Agency reported Tuesday.
The Islamic Republic News Agency, monitored in Nicosia, said the director of the Turkish Red Crescent Society - a chapter of the International Red Cross - had arrived in Tehran to make preliminary arrangements for the repatriation of the Iraqi POWs.
The prisoners would be flown home via Turkey, the news agency added.
Both Iran and Iraq hold thousands of each other’s troops as prisoners of war. The two countries have been at war since September 1980.
In a related development, one of six Iranian soldiers treated in Belgium for burns suffered in the war died at Brussels University Hospital, the hospital reported Tuesday.
Hospital sources said Asghar Mohareni, 25, died from lung and skin burns probably caused by mustard gas.
Iran has accused Iraq of using chemical weapons in the war. The United Nations last year denounced use of the weapons in the conflict but did not name either country.
Two other Iranians remain in serious condition, the Brussels hospital said. The Iranian embassy reported that the other three had recovered and would return to Tehran Tuesday night.