According to Iran, Iraqi long-range artillery shelled the Iranian port of Khorramshahr on June 2.
GV Bridge into Khorramshahr.
SV Guard PAN TO Bridge.
GV Banner stating "The freedom of Khorramshahr if the problem" PAN TO buildings destroyed on main street.
GV & SV Ruined buildings. (3 SHOTS)
GV PAN Pipeline and damaged bridge; further devastation.
GV Rebuilding houses in town. (2 SHOTS)
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Background: According to Iran, Iraqi long-range artillery shelled the Iranian port of Khorramshahr on June 2. Two civilians were reportedly killed and several areas set on fire. Such shellings are said to be the reason why Khorramshahr remains a near empty ghost town a year after Iran recaptured the city in a spectacular counter-attack against the Iraqis. Some reconstruction work has been attempted, but life cannot return to normal. From a few hundred metres (yards) away, across the Shatt-al-Arab waterway, Iraqi guns bombard the city with ease and thereby deters civilians from returning. Rebuilding on a large scale would be pointless. The governor of Khorramshahr says building workers are the only people now living in the city, which had a population of 200,000 before the Gulf war started in September, 1980. A total of 12 million dollars has already been spent on construction work, but that hardly compares with the 900-million dollars' worth of damage that was caused by the war. The scale of destruction in Khorramshahr and other towns occupied by Iraqi troops at the start of the conflict is one reason why Iran is demanding vast sums in reparations as a condition for ending the war. Khorramshahr and its neighbouring oil town of Abadan are virtually deserted; the result, according to the Iranian government, of nearly 33 months of almost daily Iraqi bombardment. The Iraqis have denied bombarding the towns.