Since the beginning of 2018, 16 Kolbar (Kurdish Border Workers) have been killed by the Iranian regime
According to a report from the Kurdish news agency Kurdpa.net, a border guards killed a worker on Thursday morning, June 7th. The victim was a Kolbar, one of many who works to transport goods across the Iranian-Iraqi border in the Kurdish areas, usually by carrying the goods on their own backs. It was in the area of Mergeh Mountains near the town of Piranshahr he lost his life before he could get to the hospital.
His name was Asad Hassanzadeh and was born in Piranshahr in Eastern Kurdistan. Asad had family and children whom he sustained through the heavy work. Nevertheless, before he got food for himself and his children, the Iranian Regime delivered his body to his family.
On Wednesday, June 6th, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) attacked a group of Kolbars. Injured two of them, which were carried to a Hospital in Hewler city in Southern Kurdistan.
According to statistics gathered by the hengaw.net news agency, 56 Kolbars have been killed during the last 17 months by the Iranian regime, and 40 of them were seriously injured by the Iranian regime.
Iran closed a large part of its border with Iraq earlier this year, which has been hard on the economy in the Iranian Kurdish areas. Border trade is one of the most important source of border cites economics, which has been hit hard by the closure of the borders. Much of the trade has continued, but it has cost many lives.
Struggles in East Kurdistan
In response to recent events, PDKI’s Peshmerge forces have attacked the Iranian forces. The central command of the PDKI’s Peshmerge issued a statement on Sunday, June 10, about an armed conflict with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard.
The battle started on Saturday in the Rash mountain in the area around the city of Oshnavieh. After a three hours battle Peshmerge forces eventually gained control of the military base. PDKI stated that nine soldiers from the Islamic Revolution Guards were killed and that eighteen was injured in the battle. The counter attacks has continued with several episodes of shooting in the cities of Sshnavieh and Merivan. Iran has forbidden people in those areas to wear Kurdish clothes that are the same as those used by PDKI’s Peshmarga Forces.