Iranian Border Patrol Shoots Kurdish Kolbers, Leaving One Dead and Several Injured
In a tragic incident, Iranian border patrol forces opened fire on a group of Kurdish Kolbers, resulting in the death of one individual and injuries to five others, as reported by the Hengaw Organization for Human Rights on Wednesday.
The victim, identified as Yadgar Rahimi, was fatally shot near the Kurdish city of Bana, his hometown. Additionally, two underage Kolbers named Arween Mohammedi and Iman were among those injured in the attack, highlighting the alarming risks faced by young individuals engaged in cross-border trade. The identities of the other three injured Kolbers have not been disclosed.
This marks the second reported incident this week, as on Sunday, five Kurdish Kolbers sustained injuries in a separate altercation with Iranian border patrol forces during the transportation of goods across national borders.
Just last week, near Saqqez, a series of similar incidents occurred, leading to five additional injuries and the arrest of ten Kurdish Kolbers. These distressing events underscore the dangerous working conditions faced by these cross-border cargo carriers, operating in economically challenging circumstances in Iranian Kurdistan.
The Hengaw Organization for Human Rights sheds light on the ongoing hazards and calls for immediate attention to protect the rights and safety of Kurdish Kolbers who play a crucial role in sustaining livelihoods amidst difficult conditions. The incidents also raise concerns about the use of force by Iranian border patrol forces and call for a thorough investigation into these unfortunate events.