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2 Kolbars wounded by Iranian forces shooting in Kermanshah

  2021-06-15  | 
 Zhyan News Network
A file photo of some Kolbars (porters) who arry heavy loads of contraband on their backs across the border areas in Iran, Iraq and Turkey
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – Two Kolbars (porters) were shot and wounded by the Iranian security forces in Nawsood area in Kermanshah province on Monday (June 14), a watchdog said. 

The pair was brothers who were severely wounded in the leg and head after the Iranian security forces opened fire at a group of Kolbars in Nawsood, Hengaw Human Rights Organization, which reports on human rights abuses in the Iranian Kurdistan, said. 

Hengaw identified the two as Bashir Ahmadzadeh and Basir Ahmadzadeh from Dishasar village in Paveh countryside. 

The wounded were evacuated to a hospital in Paveh, added the watchdog. 

On June 8, a porter was wounded by shooting from the Iraqi border guards as a number of Kolbars were trying to cross Nawsood in western Iran to Byara sub-district northeast of  Halabja in the Kurdistan Region, head of Hengaw Arsalan Ahmadi told Zhyan English. 

Iranian security forces and border guards have killed and wounded 25 Kolbars in the first half of 2021 in Kurdistan province's Baneh border areas.

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 western Iran known as 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)