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Woman Safe After 22 Days in Well

October 12, 1997

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) _ A 55-year-old woman thrown into a dry well by her relatives after a dispute over inheritance survived for 22 days by sucking water from a cloth she moistened against cracks in the well, a newspaper reported Sunday.

Khadijeh Iran-Nejad was rescued after a passing peasant heard her cries for help, the Iran News daily reported.

Two relatives tossed Iran-Nejad into the well and then flung boulders into it, the newspaper said.

The boulders missed her and cracked a canal under the floor of the well. Iran-Nejad survived by soaking a cloth in water seeping from the cracks and sucking on it, the newspaper said.

Iran-Nejad was taken to a hospital, where she was in good condition, the newspaper said.

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