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7 Kolbars killed by Iranian security forces in Rojhalat in June: watchdog

  2021-07-02  | 
 Zhyan News Network
A file photo of some Kolbars (porters) from the Iranian Kurdistan (Rojhalat) west of Iran - Photo courtesy of Mehr News Agency/ Aryan Nasrollahi
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – Seventeen Kolbars (porters) and Kasibkars (tradesmen) were killed and wounded in direct fires from the Iranian security forces in the border area in the Iranian Kurdistan, known as Rojhalat, wets of Iran during June, a watchdog said.  

Ten other Kolbars were also wounded after they were shot at by the Iranian, Turkish and Iraqi security forces in the border areas, Hengaw Human Rights Organization said in its monthly report. 

Two other porters also died in natural disasters, Hengaw, which reports on human rights abuses in the Iranian Kurdistan, said. 

Most of the cases were in the Kurdistan province with 10 cases, followed by West Azerbaijan and Kermanshah by two and seven cases for each respectively, added the monitor. 

The Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN), another watchdog, alleged that at least 21 Kolbars and tradesmen were either killed, lost their lives, or injured in the border areas of Iranian Kurdistan. Of these, at least 10 were shot by Iranian, Turkish, or Iraqi border forces.

At least three porters and local tradesmen were killed by the Iranian security forces, another lost his life in a natural disaster and thirteen others were injured in May. 

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. 

Working in the smuggling trade on the border between Iran and Kurdistan Region 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)