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 Kurdish civilian injured in Iranian shelling of Iraq's Kurdistan borders 

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Kurdish civilian injured in Iranian shelling of Iraq's Kurdistan borders  14.9.2011

September 14, 2011

ERBIL-Hewlêr, Kurdistan region 'Iraq', — A Kurdish citizen has been injured by Iranian artillery shelling, that resumed, on border villages of northern Iraq’s Kurdistan Region in Erbil Province on Tuesday, a source reported on Tuesday.

“The Iranian artillery has resumed shelling border areas of Kurdistan Region, especially Choman township of Erbil Province, on Tuesday afternoon, wounding one civilian and causing huge damage for his house,” the security source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

The Iranian bombardment of Iraqi Kurdistan’s border areas had continued since more than 2 months, under the pretext of chasing the PJAK rebels,
www.ekurd.netor (Party of Free Life of Kurdistan), killing and injuring many Iraqi Kurdish civilians and causing damage for dozens of houses and agricultural fields.

Human Rights Watch said on September 2, that it had evidence that Iran      

A Iraqi Kurdish security personnel inspects a hole in a house caused by Iranian shelling near Qandil mountain, a border zone in Kurdistan region of Iraq. August 23, 2011. Photo: Reuters

may have deliberately targeted civilians in its offenisve against the PJAK rebels.

Kurdish local officials and an NGO in early August reported that more than 200 Iraqi Kurdish families had been forced from their homes by weeks of Iranian shelling of separatist rebel bases in northern Iraq.

The border-area violence has forced more than 800 Iraqi Kurdish residents to flee their homes, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross.

On July 29, a
10-year-old Iraqi Kurd has been killed in shelling by Tehran's forces of Iranian Kurdish separatist bases in Kurdistan region in Iraq's north, an official said.

ICRC said it has so far given humanitarian aid to 175 Iraqi Kurdish families.

The PJAK, or the (Partiya Jiyana Azad a Kurdistane), is a militant Kurdish nationalist group based in Kurdistan region in Iraq's north that has been carrying out attacks Iranian forces in the Kurdistan Province of Iran (Eastern Kurdistan) and other Kurdish-inhabited areas.

Since 2004 the PJAK took up arms for self-rule in Kurdistan province northwestern of Iran (Iranian Kurdistan, Eastern Kurdistan). Half the members of PJAK are women. The PJAK has about 5,000 armed militiamen.

Iraq, Iran, Syria and Turkey all have significant ethnic Kurdish minorities. Estimate to over 12 million Kurds live in Iran.

Sources: aswataliraq.info | Agencies 

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