04/15/2011 03:43 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Iraq Mass Grave From Saddam Hussein Era Unearthed (VIDEO)

Iraqi officials have unearthed a mass grave believed to contain the bodies of more than 800 victims of Saddam Hussein's regime.

As the BBC is reporting, the grave was found in Iraq's western Anbar province, while the remains are thought to be from the 1980-88 Iraq-Iran war. Some of the skeletons have already been identified as women and children who had been shot in the head.

"This mass grave represents one of the ugliest crimes of the former regime and a huge violation of human rights," Human Rights Minister Mohammed Sudani is quoted by the Telegraph as saying. "Through the remains of clothes and other things, we believe they were from different sectors of Iraqi society. Some trenches included women and children, others included soldiers with military uniforms or tracksuits."

Watch a video report on the discovery courtesy of Reuters below: