Kurdish Kolber Mohammad Khalidi Fatally Shot by Iranian Armed Forces in Baneh Border Incident
Baneh, Kurdistan - Tragedy struck the Kurdish community in Baneh as a young Kolber, identified as Mohammad Khalidi, lost his life in a distressing incident near the Iranian border. The incident has raised concerns and sparked outrage among human rights organizations.
According to a report obtained by the Hengaw Organization for Human Rights, on the evening of September 29, 2023, Mohammad Khalidi, a Kolber hailing from the village of "Chi Churan" on the outskirts of Baneh, was tragically killed by gunfire from Iranian government armed forces.
An informed source indicated that Mohammad Khalidi met his untimely demise near the border area of Sairanban in Baneh, where he was working as a Kolber. Kolbers are individuals who engage in the perilous task of carrying goods across borders, often facing hazardous conditions and risking their lives to make a living.
Following the incident, the lifeless body of Mohammad Khalidi was transferred to Salah Aldin Hospital in the city of Baneh. However, as of now, his remains have not been released to his grieving family, compounding their anguish during this difficult time.
The circumstances surrounding this tragic event remain under investigation, and the Iranian authorities have not released an official statement regarding the incident. The loss of Mohammad Khalidi has prompted an outpouring of grief and condemnation, both locally and from international human rights groups.
This incident serves as a grim reminder of the dangers faced by Kolbers who engage in border trade activities in the region. Human rights organizations continue to call for increased protection and safety measures for those involved in this perilous line of work, and for a thorough and transparent investigation into Mohammad Khalidi's untimely death.
The Kurdish community in Baneh mourns the loss of Mohammad Khalidi and awaits justice and answers regarding the circumstances surrounding this tragic incident.