High toll of Iranian bombing victims in Kurdistan
The opposition Kurdish Democratic Party of Iran announced that the number of victims of the Iranian bombardment on its bases in the town of Koesengk (Koya) in the Kurdistan region has increased. He said that among those who died in the bombing were senior officials in the opposition group.
Tehran on Saturday morning launched a missile attack on the headquarters of the Kurdistan Democratic Party and the Kurdistan Democratic Party, both opposition Kurdish parties. The rocket attack also targeted a Kurdish refugee camp in the same area.
The Iranian attack focuses on the Kurdistan Democratic Party’s political bureau, a training base and another one where the party’s fighters are based.
In a statement, the party said the Iranian bombardment resulted in “the deaths of 14 members of both parties and the wounding of 40 others,” including a critical condition.
Among the wounded were Kurdistan Democratic Party secretary Mustafa Muloudi and his predecessor Khaled Azizi.
The party revealed the identity of the fallen members: Karim Mahdawi, Ibrahim Ibrahimi, Nasreen Haddad, Rahman Beruti, Sahila Kadiri, Hashim Azizi, Osman Osmani, Karim Rasulzadeh, Haori Karsaz, Bishwa Said Omar and Jamal Akbari, as well as Mansour Akbaripur.
The opposition party said two other members, believed to be trapped under the rubble of the bombed buildings, had not yet been found.
It is not known exactly whether the bombing was carried out by land or by drones, although most likely it was carried out in both ways.
The Iranian Kurdish opposition party says Iran used long-range missiles in the attack.
Kuesangjek, where the bases of the opposition Kurdish group are located, is located about 65 kilometers from the western border of the Islamic Republic.
Witnesses said they had spotted drones hovering over the area to document the attack.
The official Iranian media also did not mention the attack, but it quoted it on the basis of Kurdish media, including the Kurdistan 24 television station.
Iran has already launched cross-border operations against Iran’s opposition Democratic Party, particularly those in 1996 when the Iranian Revolutionary Guard attacked a base of the Kurdish party in Quesengq. There were subsequent bombings and assassinations inside the province.
The Kurdistan Regional Government condemned the bombing, saying in a statement that opposition parties should also not make the territory of the region an hour to settle the accounts.
“The problems and issues of the Kurdish people are not solved by violence, murder and bombing,” said the leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, Massoud Barzani, adding that “peaceful methods and methods are the best solutions to all problems.”
The Iranian bombardment coincided with the execution of three Kurdish activists, including Ramin Hussein Banahi, despite international appeals to stop the government.
“The history proved that wars, bombing, arrest, displacement and execution did not end the legitimate demands of the people of Kurdistan,” Deputy Secretary-General of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan Kusrat Rasul said in a statement.
“The only and real solution and the best way for Kurds to reach their legitimate rights is to restore security, stability and peace to the region,” he said.
The Iraqi Foreign Ministry did not follow the bombing, but Iraqi President Fuad Masum said in a statement that “the choice of excessive force is not a fruitful way or an alternative to peaceful dialogue.”