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Kurdish Doctors Testify in Saddam Genocide Trial


Two Kurdish doctors in Saddam Hussein's genocide trial have testified that chemical attacks on Iraqi Kurds in the 1980s caused women and children to vomit blood and killed others.

The alleged chemical gas attacks occurred in the late 1980s during the so-called Anfal campaign.

Ousted President Saddam Hussein and six co-defendants are standing trial on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity.

Saddam attended Thursday's court session even though the former ruler said earlier this week he would not attend future sessions.

After the testimony, the trial was adjourned. It resumes on December 18 and is to move into a new phase. The prosecution is expected to produce documents showing the Saddam government was behind the Anfal campaign, which the prosecution says killed more than 180,000 Kurds.

The court has heard more than 70 witnesses, most of them Kurds.

In an earlier trial against the former president and senior officials of his government, a court ruled that Saddam and two former officials should hang for ordering the execution of 148 men and boys from the Shi'ite town of Dujail.

Lawyers for Saddam have appealed the death sentence in that case.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP .

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