Baghdad to repair 250 damaged homes in Tuz Khurmatu
Iraq’s migration ministry will renovate homes in Tuz Khurmatu damaged in sectarian violence last fall.
"Following our visit to Tuz Khurmatu, we, as our duty, the Iraqi Ministry of Migration and Displaced, decided to renovate 250 houses that had been damaged," Minister Darbaz Mohammed revealed in a Facebook post on Tuesday.
Kurdish homes in Tuz Khurmatu, destroyed when the town came under control of Iraqi forces and Hashd al-Shaabi militias last fall, still lie in ruins.
Thousands of the town's Kurdish residents who fled the incoming Iraqi forces are yet to return to their homes.
Kurdish houses and shops have been looted, confiscated, or burnt down. Photos show sectarian slogans written on homes, such as "Long Live Turkmen" and "O' Hussein."
Some Kurdish parties have decided to return to the town, including the PUK, but Baghdad has imposed on them a limit of the number of guards and weapons they may bring.
A multi-ethnic committee has been formed by the Iraqi parliament to investigate what occurred in Tuz Khurmatu. It ran into its first problem before it even began working, however, after a Kurdish MP called for the removal of a Turkmen member who is accused of being complicit in the crimes.
The presence of ISIS cells in areas around Tuz Khurmatu adds to the insecurity.