some justice for those who are victims of genocide
Kurds welcome 'Chemical Ali' death sentence
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Ali Hassan al-Majid, also known as Chemical Ali, led an offensive that claimed 180,000 lives. (Reuters: Nikola Solic)
Related Story: 'Chemical Ali' to hang for Kurdish slaughter Ethnic Kurds are celebrating the death sentence handed down to one of the key architects of genocide under Saddam Hussein's regime.
Ali Hassan al-Majid - known as Chemical Ali - led a military offensive against the Kurds that claimed more than 180,000 lives.
As news of his sentence spread there were scenes of jubilation in the Kurdish region of Iraq.
Freshta Raper lost 20 members of her family during the campaign.
She is among those who have welcomed the verdict.
"For the people of Kurdistan this is a day of justice," she said.
"We've waited close to 20 years now to see Chemical Ali or Ali Hassan al-Majid and his cohorts brought to justice.
"So for us really it's very important that there is a day of justice, and a day of reckoning finally for the 100s of thousands of victims of genocide."