Syria Kurds protest at borders with Iraqi Kurdistan



ARA News

Derik, Syria– At the invitation of the PYD-linked Youth Revolutionary Movement, a group of protesters headed to the village of Gire Sor at the Syrian borders with Iraqi Kurdistan on Wednesday, to protest against the decision of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to dig a trench along the border line with the predominantly Kurdish areas in Syria (which is meant to prevent the entry of more refugees into the Iraqi Kurdistan territory). 

Kawa Haji, a resident of the nearby village of Shark, told ARA News that the Democratic Union Party (PYD) gathered on Wednesday hundreds of its supporters on the border line in Gire Sor village nea Semalka border crossing to protest against the digging of the trench.

“Beside banners which condemned the digging process of the trench, photos of the PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan and flags of the Democratic Society Movement (TEV-DEM) and PYD were raised by the protesters,” Haji said. 

According to Haji, the protesters have also raised anti-Peshmerga (Kurdistan army) banners.

“The Peshmerga forces have apparently understood the protesters’ anger and asked them not to move further towards the border line. However, some protesters attacked the members of the Peshmerga at the border line, which led one of the Pershmergas to shot a protester in the leg,” said Haji.  

For its part, pro-PYD media outlets accused the Kurdistani Peshmerga forces of using heavy weapons against the protesters.

Noteworthy, neither the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) nor the PYD officials has released any statements regarding the incident, while the digging process of the trench has continued.


Reporting by: Judi Mohammed

Source: ARA News


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