Fighting Continues in Kurdistan

HRANA News Agency – Since the fighting between PJAK (Partiya Jiyana Azad a Kurdistane) and the Islamic Republic’s military forces began, the degree of violence seen in regions alongside Iran’s western and northwestern borders have been unprecedented in recent years.
According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), on July 13, 2011, the fighting broke out between PJAK and the Islamic Republic’s military forces.Although more than one week has past, the violent confrontation between two sides continues.During this time, a number of fighters on both sides of the conflict have been killed and wounded.
The mountainous regions of Shaho and kosalan have witnessed heavy fighting while the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps has maintained its heavy presence in these regions.
On Tuesday night, July 19, 2011, local residents reported that the two sides fought violently in a region called “hah Vari Sardasht” on a road between Kamyaran and Sarvabad.As a result, several individuals were killed.
Reports from Sardasht and Piran Shahr indicate hospitals and clinics in these two cities face shortage as the number of those injured increases.Meanwhile, several wounded patients were transferred to hospitals in Urmia.
One of the most important causalities of this fighting has been the amount of damage sustained to the environment and civilians’ residences.While evacuation of local residents from border towns have brought about the displacement of dozens of citizens in these areas, shelling of mountainous regions have caused forest fires and irreversible damage to the environment and rural farmland alongside the border.
Furthermore, nightly curfew imposed by the Islamic Republic’s military forces has disrupted lives and caused public discontent.


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