Another series of poisonings have been reported at a girls’ school in Iran, a day after classes resumed after a two-week vacation, local media report.
The official agency Irna reported that twenty students from a school in the northwestern city of Tabriz were taken to hospital with respiratory problems.
“Emergency services arrived on the scene after several students reported breathing difficulties,” said the city’s head of emergency services. “But none of them were in a serious condition.”
Since late November, many schools, especially those for girls, have been hit by sudden poisonings, causing fainting, discomfort and sometimes hospitalization.
In total, authorities named over 5,000 affected students in more than 230 schools in 25 of the country’s 31 provinces.
The troubles stopped after authorities announced in early March that about 100 people had been arrested.
A few days earlier, Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, had called for “severe punishments,” including the death penalty, against those held responsible for the poisonings.
The case began two months after the protest movement sparked in Iran by the September 16 death of Mahsa Amini, a young woman detained by the vice squad for violating the strict dress code requiring women to wear a veil and had violated.