Hewlêr Parliament issues report on Turkish and Iranian attacks

special commission to investigate the consequences of the Turkish and Iranian attacks on South Kurdistan was launched by the South Kurdish parliament in Hewlêr.

On 29 June, a special commission to investigate the consequences of the Turkish and Iranian attacks on South Kurdistan was launched with the participation of the interior committee and the committees for peshmerga and security forces in the south Kurdish parliament in Hewlêr.

The Commission investigated the border regions in Hewlêr, Dihok and Sulaymaniah and reported to Parliament on Monday.

Hundreds of villages depopulated

Under the pretext of fighting the PKK and PJAK, the report said that Iran and Turkey drove people out of hundreds of villages, burned hundreds of fields that were ready for harvesting, and killed civilians, particularly in the border regions. There was also serious environmental damage. The Commission urged the South Kurdish and Iraqi governments to act urgently.

The following cases have been documented:

District of Hewlêr:

In the province of Mêrgesor on the border, people have fled from 55 of the 73 villages. Dozens have been killed by Turkish attacks in recent years. Due to the destruction of agricultural land, double-digit million damage occurred.

In the province of Çoman, people were driven out of 15 villages. Here, too, dozens were killed in recent years due to Turkish and Iranian artillery fire.

In the Soran district, more than 10,000 people were expelled from 104 villages.

District of Sulaymaniyah:

On June 25, the village of Kanî Masî was attacked by Turkey. Seven people from two families were injured. During the attack, the power supply to hundreds of surrounding villages was cut and many agricultural areas, houses and shops were set on fire.

In the village of Sefre in the Mahat district, a health center was destroyed due to an attack, as well as the power supply to many houses.

The village of Nalparêz in the Pêncwên district was bombed by Iran in 2015. The surrounding agricultural areas were badly damaged.

Dihok District:

The Turkish army is located in the Zaxo district about 15 kilometers in South Kurdistan. Since 5 June, 669 artillery shells detonated in villages in the region. Since 1992, 50 people have been killed in attacks and dozens injured.

There are 18 Turkish military bases in Zaxo.

25 villages in the region around Derkarê were bombed, at least 200 farmers cannot go to their fields because of the attacks.

In the Batifa region, 13 villages were attacked and 27 villages were forcibly depopulated.

In Amediye region, residents were displaced from 198 of 348 villages, 28 people were killed in the attacks. Despite the distance of more than 100 kilometers from the border, many villages in the vicinity of Çemanke were emptied due to the attacks.

There are 17 Turkish military bases in the area of ​​Kanî Masî. Six villages were depopulated. The region's population decreased from 3,500 families in 2018 to 700.

In the Şêladizê region, people were displaced from 85 of 92 villages.

In the area around Dêrelokê people still live in 14 out of 56 villages.