January 24, 1989
Iraq repatriated 131 disabled and ailing Iranian prisoners of war in a "humanitarian gesture," the first POWs from the Iran-Iraq War to be freed in nearly two months. Iran offered no immediate sign that it will reciprocate and resume prisoner exchanges, but Iraq said it will free another 124 Iranians today. International Red Cross officials supervised the return of the prisoners to Tehran in an airliner chartered by the Geneva-based agency. The operation took place as U.N.