Tehran’s intransigent response to popular protests extends beyond national borders. Tehran’s missile and drone strikes in Iraqi Kurdistan against anti-Iranian Kurdish groups killed at least seven people and wounded 28 others on Wednesday, local officials in the autonomous region said. The Ministry of Health, based in Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, said in a press release. “Four Martyrs and Fourteen Wounded” In the Coysinjak area, and “Three Martyrs and Fourteen Wounded” To Sherava. “Civilians are among the victims”A senior official in the autonomous Kurdistan told Agence France-Presse (AFP).
Iranian opposition movements have strongly condemned the crackdown on protests in the Islamic Republic, triggered by the death of Masha Amini on September 16, after she was arrested by paramilitary forces.
The Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran (PDKI) cited drone strikes and missile strikes in the Koysinjak region east of Erbil. The Sherawa area south of the capital was also targeted. “Kurdistan Freedom Party Compound Targeted by Iranian Bombs”AFP has condemned the leader of the Iranian opposition, Hossein Yastanbana.
“Ten Drone Attacks”
Iran also claimed buildings in the Zrgoiz sector, about fifteen kilometers from Sulaymaniyah, which are home to several left-wing Iranian Kurdish armed opposition compounds, particularly Gomala.
An AFP reporter in Zrgoiz saw white smoke rising from one of the sites affected by the strikes, where ambulances were dispatched. While the party doctor was treating the minor injuries on the spot, the residents fled from the spot. “Our area was hit by ten drone strikes”Gomala official Ata Nasser pointed the finger at Iran to AFP.
in Tehran, Iranian state television said “Ground Forces of the Revolutionary Guards [l’armée idéologique de la République islamique] [avaient] Targeted multiple headquarters of separatist terrorists in northern Iraq with precision missiles and destructive drones”. In recent days, Iranian artillery strikes have repeatedly targeted areas north of Erbil, bordering Iraqi Kurdistan, without causing significant damage.
The strikes come amid tense conditions in Iran, where daily nightly protests have rocked the country since the death of 22-year-old Mahza Amini. Iraqi Kurdistan is home to several anti-Iranian Kurdish groups that have historically waged an armed insurgency against Tehran, although their activity has declined in recent years. However, they are highly criticized on social networks.
In addition, the police command in Iran, quoted by the Fars news agency, warned on Wednesday that its units would resist. “with all their might” To the demonstrators “The entire country will act decisively against those who disrupt public order and security”. According to the Oslo-based Iran Human Rights Organization, at least seventy-six people have been killed in the protests since September 26.
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