Local authorities in Iraq’s southern Najaf province say they have discovered a mass grave believed to contain opponents of Saddam Hussein’s regime. The grave was discovered on Monday, according to local authorities.
The governor’s office in Najaf issued a statement saying that the grave had been discovered near one of the complexes currently under construction in the city.
According to a statement, the site is also home to the skeletal remains of protesters who were executed by the former regime.
As a result of the Gulf War, a popular uprising began in southern Iraq and spread to the outskirts of Baghdad, where it was put down by the Saddam Hussein regime, which used force to bring it to an end.
Since the former regime’s overthrow in 2003, international and Iraqi experts have discovered dozens of mass graves containing the bodies of uprising martyrs and other victims.