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Kolbar wounded by shooting from Iraqi border guards - source

  2021-06-08  | 
 Zhyan News Network
A Kolbar tidies up his load in Tawela north east of Halabja, April 5, June 8. Photo by Nawras Ghareeb
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – An Iranian Kurdish Kolbar (porter) was shot and wounded on Tuesday (June 8) after the Iraqi border guards opened fire at a group of Kolbars while trying to cross Nawsood in western Iran to Byara sub-district northeast of  Halabja in the Kurdistan Region, a source said.

The victim, Yasir Mohammad Karimi, is a resident of Hanagarmala village in Kirmanshah province, Arsalan Ahmadi, head of the watchdog Hengaw Human Rights Organization told Zhyan English.

The wounded porter has been transported to a hospital in Sulaimani, Ahmadi added. 

Three Kolbars were wounded by direct fires from the Iranian and Turkish forces in past three days, reported by Hengaw. 

At least three 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 known as Rojhalat during May, according to the watchdog. 

Kolbars carry heavy loads of contraband on their backs across the border areas in Iran, Iraq and Turkey, blaming the high rate of unemployment in Rojhalat.  

Working in the smuggling trade has cost the lives of hundreds of Kurdish porters. 

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)