Iraq, Iran exchange remains of 31 soldiers: ICRC

The remains of 11 Iraqi soldiers were repatriated to their homeland on Oct. 6, 2021. (Photo: ICRC Twitter)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Iraq and Iran on Wednesday exchanged the remains of 31 soldiers killed in the 1980-1988 war between the two countries, the Red Cross said.

“Under the auspicious of the #ICRC, the remains of 11 Iraqi & 20 Iranian soldiers were repatriated to their respective homelands today,” the International Committee of the Red Cross said on Twitter.

The ICRC said the exchange took place at the Shalamcheh border post in Basra, according to AFP.

“We will continue to support relevant authorities in providing answers to families of the #missing,” since the U.N.-brokered ceasefire that ended war, AFP cited ICRC as saying.

Several exchange ceremonies have been held in past years, with hundreds of remains being transferred to their home countries under a 2008 accord with the ICRC.

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