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KRG says PKK bears all responsibility for Tuesday’s violence in Shingal

By Rudaw 14/3/2017
A scene of Tuesday's demonstration in Khanasour, Shingal region. Photo: ANHA
A scene of Tuesday's demonstration in Khanasour, Shingal region. Photo: ANHA
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The Ministry of Interior of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) accused the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) of causing today’s deadly clashes between the KRG’s Peshmerga forces and pro-PKK protesters.
 

“The PKK is systematically determined to cause violence and riots in the region,” read a statement from the ministry, adding that the PKK is “bringing in people and armed forces to Shingal region. They continually provoke the KRG forces and try all means to incite confrontations."

 

“For this purpose, they have been bringing in people and armed forces for several days now from Hasakah, Derk and other places of Syrian Kurdistan [Rojava, northern Syria] to cause problems and violence," the statement added.

 
“Within that context, today they wanted to attack the formal forces of the government in the area of Khanasoor. But civil police tried to bring the situation under control and prevent clashes.” 
 
The KRG said it holds the PKK responsible for anything that has happened in the area.
 
“Only the PKK is responsible as it intentionally wants to use some Yezidi brothers as a device for a disgusting plot.”
 
The statement concluded that the KRG “does not seek the occurrence of any confrontation. We are calling upon the PKK to act wisely.”
 

One woman was killed and as many as ten others wounded during a protest against the deployment of the Rojava Peshmerga to the Shingal region. Many of the protesters came to Shingal from Rojava, northern Syria, the PKK-linked ANF News reported.

 
Tensions between the Rojava Peshmerga, a KRG force made up of Kurds from Syria, and the PKK-backed Shingal Protection Units (YBS) sharply escalated earlier this month when the two sides clashed, resulting in several fatalities. Each side accused the other of initiating the conflict.
 
Naze Naif Qavaland, a resident of Shingal and a member of the council of the Freedom Movement of the Ezidkhan Women (TAJE), was killed in Tuesday’s protest.
 

The Kurdish Women’s Movement in Europe (TJK-E), one of the groups participating in the protest condemned the violence that resulted in Qavaland’s death, describing it as a betrayal of Yezidi society and women, putting them through “yet another massacre,” according to a statement published by ANF News. 

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kurt basar | 14/3/2017
It's sad & shamfull for the Kurd's to fight each others at this historical times, where world opinion is to their favor and have an oppurtunity to create their own nation. Kurd's are presently fighting their most important wars for "to be or not to be", beacuse of that they should put their idoligical & religion difference away & became one w/ unconditional love for future of the Kurdistan and I hope they do, otherwise they deserved to be ruled by their cruel occupiers.
Hama | 14/3/2017
PKK arab proxies and mercenaries from Rojava must leave. Period. The more we wait the more problems PKK will create in Shingal. Its clear that they are trying to steal Shingal from KRG. And ofcourse Maliki and Haash al-Shaabi are supporting PKK because they don't want KRG to controle Shingal. Now that the front line with ISIS around Erbil region is closed off, most of those Peshmerga should be sent to Shingal. Peshmerga must be everywhere and on every corner of every town in all of Shingal and surrounding towns. Make it clear that Shingal is part of KRG not Rojava or Iraq. Arrest every singe PKK jaash in the area. Respond to fire with fire. They've caused enough trouble. This must end now.
Fadtu | 14/3/2017
Sit together and make a agreement with which both sides agree
Biji Kurdistan | 14/3/2017
This is a cowardly statement from the ministry, An unarmed Ezidi woman was killed and several protesters were wounded by gunfire,the responsibility of this tragedy falls on the people who shot them and their commanders, not the unarmed protestors. An independent investigation should be conducted and the shooters should be arrested for use of unwarranted and excessive force. With actions like these the KRG and the Peshmerga units involved are quickly losing the moral high ground in Shingal.
JamKurd | 14/3/2017
It is frustrating that PKK sends agitators to harass local security who are there to defend Shingal from Daesh. Let me be politically incorrect. For over 40 years PKK have not gained an inch of bakur Kurdistan from the Otomans. Why are they creating a side show for basur KURDISTAN which is aspiring to establish an independent Kurdistan state? Brothers: your battlefield is up north of Shingal not with the Peshmarga heroes. Get back to your senses and stop the aggressive acts and manipulation of ordinary Ezidi women. They have suffered enough and need everyone's help to get back to their homes and live in dignity and freedom.
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