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Erbil security forces clash with pro-Afrin marchers, 5 wounded

By Rudaw 2/2/2018
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ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – At least five people have been wounded after Kurdish security forces confronted hundreds of demonstrators on the main Erbil-Koya road as they marched towards the capital of the Kurdistan Region to protest Turkey’s ongoing military operation on Afrin.

“Due to the shooting incidents, five wounded people were rushed to the Koya hospital, two of those wounded with bullets are in critical condition,” Hawkar Ali, media officer of Koya public health, told Rudaw.

The demonstrators were volunteers from Sulaimani wanting to go to Afrin from Erbil, according to reports.

Erbil security authorities said the marchers tried to pass through a checkpoint without inspection.

“Nearly 400 people came to the Degala checkpoint and wanted to enter Erbil without inspection and legal measures,” Tariq Nuri, head of Erbil Asayesh (security), told Rudaw.

Degala is about 33 kilometres east of Erbil.

“They refused to undergo our legal procedures as they intended to enter Erbil violently, therefore tensions erupted,” Nuri claimed.

He rejected reports that his forces had opened fire on the protesters, injuring some, suggesting instead that they had been wounded by rocks.

“We just fired into the air to disperse them and control the situation,” he said. “The firing was never directed at them.”

Some members of the security forces were also wounded with rocks, he added.

When ambulances arrived at the scene, they were attacked by the demonstrators, Hawkar Ali said.

Kurds across the Kurdistan Region have rallied in support of the people of Afrin where Turkey launched a military operation on January 20.


delshad | 2/2/2018
speaking of unity is KRG that much scared from facist turkey that they shoot their brothers and sisters in hawler .im speechless
guest2002 | 3/2/2018
it is just sickening . instead of rushing to help your Kurdish brothers in need in Afrin that are getting slaughtered by Turkish jihadi invaders , you shoot those who held protests to help those in Afrin???? what kind of cowards are you???
Real patriot | 3/2/2018
South kurdistan revolution coming? These people have been in power for decadeds the krg has not improved at all, maybe from the outside it look Nice and modern, but they have done zero for agricultuur, industrie etc. We can grow everything we eat ourself but instead they spend all our money on foreign product from our enemies, Iran and turkey. Erdogan even staid if you proclaime Indepence we Will starve you out...
Rena | 3/2/2018
My God, KRG. You didn’t shot Arabic jihadists when they took over Kirkuk, but you shoot on your brothers and sisters?!?! Wow, you have zero shame, zero honor and zeros pride. Shame on you, shame on you, SHAMA ON YOU!!
kurd | 5/2/2018
guest2000Q you are sitting behind your pc and talk of sending KRG forces to afrin. you have no idea about what you are talking.. It is not that easy . politicalyl, it will be a suicide for KRG

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