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3 Kolbars shot dead by Iranian forces in Rojhalat in May: watchdog

  2021-06-01  | 
 Zhyan News Network
A file photo of a number of Kolbars (porters) in the Iranian Kurdistan (Rojhalat) t
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – At least three Kolbars (porters) and local tradesmen (Kasibkar) were killed by the Iranian security forces,  another lost his life in a natural disaster and thirteen others were injured in the border areas in the Iranian Kurdistan (Rojhalat) during May, a watchdog said on Tuesday (June 1). 

Three Kolbars were killed and ten others were wounded by the direct fires from the Iranian security forces.  Another porter was wounded in a shooting by the Turkish forces, Hengaw Human Rights Organization reported. 

Two others died and was injured in natural disasters and another was injured in a landmine blast, Hengaw said, which reports on human rights abuses in the Iranian Kurdistan, adding the highest number of the casualties were in Kurdistan province with seven cases, followed by West Azerbaijan and Kemranshah with five cases for each. 

Porters, particularly from Iranian Kurdistan, carry heavy loads of contraband on their backs across the western, blaming the high rate of unemployment in Iran’s Kurdish-populated provinces known as Rojhalat, where many of the porters come from.

Working in the smuggling trade on the border between Iran and Kurdistan Region has cost the lives of hundreds of Kurdish porters. 

In April, at least two Kolbars were killed and sixteen others and local tradesmen were injured mostly by dire fire from the Iranian security forces.

Iran’s border guards have "unlawfully" shot dead at least 40 Kurdish Kolbars and wounded dozens of others during the year of 2020 in cross-border shootings, Amnesty International said in April. 

(Zhyan English)