APPLES were handed out at a moving service to commemorate an atrocity.
Members of Huddersfield’s Kurdish community staged the memorial event yesterday.
A parade through the town and a short service were held to commemorate the lives of thousands of Kurds gassed in Iraq 23 years ago.
The massacre at Halabja on March 16, 1988, which has been officially defined as an act of genocide, was marked with similar events across the country and the world.
During the procession apples were handed out in memory of the victims.
Sarwant Ali, Kurdish Forum Deputy Secretary said: “The attack killed between 3,200 and 5,000 people.
“The incident which has been officially defined as an act of genocide against the Kurdish people in Iraq. Survivors said the gas at first smelled of sweet apples. The Kurdish Forum provided apples in remembrance of all victims of the Halabja attack.”
People gathered at the Kurdish community centre in St John’s Road in Huddersfield for refreshments after the procession.