Child is killed and dozens of families flee Iranian attacks on Iraqi Kurdistan
A 14-year-old girl, Basoz Jabar Agha, was killed Sunday after heavy bombardments by the Iranian military. Iran has been bombing the Kurdistan Region of Iraq for at least 12 consecutive days under the pretext of fighting Kurdish rebels belonging to the Party for a Free Life in Kurdistan, or PJAK. Dozens of more families have reportedly fled the area in the last two weeks abandoning their homes and belongings after their villages were destroyed.
Bombardments in the region have been carried out for years but have intensified in the last month. According to an investigative report by McClatchy Newspapers, “More than 300 families have fled since shelling began again last month [and] thousands of acres of farmland have been destroyed.”
Until now, at least two deaths have been reported including that of 14-year-old, Basoz Agha, and a 45-year-old woman. Basoz Agha was visiting family for the summer break when relatives said an Iranian rocket exploded near her. Furthermore, there have been several reports of injuries and damage to villages and civilian property.
Iraqi Kurdish officials sent official complaints to the Iraqi central government about the bombardments but have received little help. Iraq’s Foreign Ministry did finally summon Iranian officials in Iraq to stop the bombings on Monday. However, no official responses have been made by the Iranian government.