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Iran says Iraqi missiles hit civilian targets in a city

By Compiled From Wire Service Dispatches With Analysis From Monitor Correspondents Around The World, Edited By Anne Collier / December 21, 1982


Iraqi long-range missiles blasted heavily populated civilian targets in the southern Iranian city of Dezful Sunday, killing at least 62 people and wounding about 300, Radio Tehran said Monday.

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An Iranian official said two missiles hit the center of the city in the evening while people were praying in mosques or shopping. The attacks sparked a strong reaction from Iran's clerical leaders. Prime Minister Hossein Mousavi said conservative Persian Gulf countries that have helped Iraq in its war against Iran would have to bear the consequences.