According to Iran’s official agency IRNA, new cases of poisoning were seen in the provinces of North Khorasan, Fars, Rezevi Khorasan, Isfahan, Ilam and Khuzestan.
Ebulkasim Akbari, General Director of Education in North Khorasan, announced that 46 female students from two schools in the province of Bocnurd were hospitalized with symptoms of poisoning.
Akbari stated that the students had complaints such as nausea, weakness and dizziness and that their condition was good.
In the cities of Shiraz and Servistan in Fars province, 24 students were hospitalized with similar symptoms.
It was noted that dozens of students were hospitalized with similar complaints in Eyvan in the province of Ilam, Kashan in the province of Isfahan, Mashhad in the province of Rezevi Khorasan and Ahvaz in the province of Khuzistan.
On the other hand, it was recorded that 700 female students have been poisoned so far in 6 cities of Khuzestan province, and 200 of these students have been taken under observation.
Cases of poisoning by female students in Iran
Mass poisoning cases in schools in Iran since November 30, 2022 draw attention. It is stated that more than two thousand students were poisoned in approximately 100 days in the provinces of Kum, Loristan, Tehran, Ardebil, Kermanshah, Simnan, Mazenderan, Cheharmahal and Bakhtiari, Elburz, North Khorasan, Zanjan, Fars, West Azerbaijan, Khuzestan and Rezevi Khorasan. The students show symptoms such as respiratory distress, nausea, headache and numbness in the limbs.
Aliriza Monadi Sefidan, Chairman of the Parliamentary Education, Research and Technology Commission, who is working on the poisoning cases, the cause of which has not yet been clearly explained, said, “According to the follow-up and test results, it was determined that N2 (diazot) gas was found in the poison used in schools.” had made a statement.
Iranian Deputy Minister of Education and Training Yunus Penahi stated at a press conference on February 26 that they evaluated the poisoning of students as intentional, “It was determined that some people wanted all schools, especially girls’ schools, to be closed.” he said.
President İbrahim Reisi appointed Interior Minister Ahmed Vahidi, Intelligence Minister İsmail Hatib and Health Minister Bahram Aynullahi on 1 March to investigate suspected poisoning incidents.
In a statement on March 3, the chief had described the poisoning cases as “the enemy’s plot to create fear and despair among the people.”
According to the claims of the opponents of the regime, there are some radical groups within the Iranian administration who want to avenge the Mahsa Emini demonstrations led by women.
Iranian Education Minister Yusuf Nuri, on the other hand, made a statement on the ongoing poisoning cases on March 5, “We understand the concerns of the parents and we apologize. We are following the issue seriously. We expect the issue to be clarified as soon as possible.” had used the words.
Mahsa Emini shows
Mahsa Emini, 22, died on September 16, 2022 in Tehran, the capital of Iran, after being taken into custody by the Irshad patrols known as the “morality police”, and taken to the hospital after getting sick.
The demonstrations that started on 17 September 2022 in Sakkız, his hometown after Emini’s death, spread throughout the country and turned into anti-government protests.
Nearly 500 demonstrators were killed in the months-long events, and more than a hundred security personnel lost their lives.