SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) — Japan is to mark the 67th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima by the US, the first-ever case of the use of the bomb against human beings, which resulted in the death of tens of thousands of people.
Tens of thousands of people, including survivors, victims' relatives, and government officials are expected to attend the annual ceremony at Hiroshima Peace Memorial, commonly called the Atomic Bomb Dome, on Monday, AFP reported.
Hiroshima was devastated on August 6, 1945 after the US B-29 bomber Enola Gay dropped an atomic bomb on the city, killing an estimated 140,000 people instantly or gradually from radiation sickness and cancers. Three days later, another atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki, killing more than 70,000.
This year's anniversary comes amid growing anti-nuclear sentiment in the country.
Anti-nuclear rallies have been triggered by last year's atomic crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi plant. The disaster saw an earthquake and tsunami wrecking the plant, spewing out radiation and forcing mass evacuations. —www.shafaqna.com/english
Source: Press TV