US Compensates Victims In Iran Hostage Crisis Over 36 Years Later
More than three decades ago, dozens of Americans were held hostage for 444 days in Iran. Now, the U.S. government will compensate them.By Katie Link | December 24, 2015
The U.S. government will compensate the American Embassy personnel held hostage for 444 days in Iran from 1979 to 1981.
It's a provision signed into effect with a spending bill that was approved last week. In total, the government is giving up to $4.4 million to each of the 53 American hostages or their estates. Thirty-seven are still living while 16 died after they were released. (Video via ABC)
The U.S. embassy in Tehran was overrun by student militants on Nov. 4, 1979, after the country's deposed Shah went to a U.S. hospital for medical treatment. Many Iranians demanded the shah be returned to Iran so he could face execution for crimes during his reign. (Video via The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration)