Iran shells Kurdish villages in Sidakan, Haji Omran

Iran shells Kurdish villages in Sidakan, Haji Omran
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SORAN — Iranian artillery resumed the shelling of Kurdish villages in the sub-district of Sidakan and in Haji Omran on Sunday (June 26), two days after clashes broke out between Peshmerga fighters from the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran (KDP-I) and Iranian soldiers.

Maghdid Arif, the director of Haji Omran district, told NRT two children were wounded as a result of the shelling and had been transferred to a hospital in Choman. Damage to the district is currently unknown.

The director of Sidakan sub-district, Karwan Karim, said Iran began shelling Sidakan early in the day with the justification of targeting what they believe to be KDP-I bases in the area.

Several people have been displaced due to the bombardments and damage to civilians’ property and agricultural land, Karim said.

A witness told NRT Iranian artillery was shelling the villages of Doli Zarze, Katina, Barbzin, Mirkamir, Khwarstiroka and several others, instilling fear among the residents of Sidakan, north of Erbil.

“Residents of Sidakan want to evacuate their villages and the increased shelling has prevented government institutions from providing assistance,” the witness said.

KRG representative to Tehran, Nazim Dabagh, said they have been informed by Iranian authorities that KDP-I bases are the only target of the shelling and not civilians.

Turkish military jets continued striking what they believe to be bases of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in Sidakan on June 6.

The official website of KDP-I said earlier this week that an Iranian soldier was killed and another went missing in clashes which erupted near Mahabad on June 24.

(NRT)