Shi­ite mili­tia burns Kurds’ houses in Jalawla

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

Ac­cord­ing to an ex- mem­ber of the Diala Pro­vin­cial Coun­cil, the mem­bers of the Na­tional Guards and other Shi­ite mili­tia groups in the Prov­ince are mak­ing a mess in the town of Jalawla, and “are about to de­stroy the whole town.”

Amer Rafaat, mem­ber of the Diala Pro­vin­cial Coun­cil told a lo­cal Kur­dish daily news­pa­per that the Shi­ite fighters burned a num­ber of houses be­long­ing to the Kur­dish in­hab­i­tants of the town last week.

“Th­ese forces [Shi­ite mili­tia] en­tered the town so that the Kurds do not dare to go back to their homes,” Rafaat told the news­pa­per. “A few days ago 150 fam­i­lies re­turned to their homes in Saa­dia, but fear­ing the Na­tional Guard forces, they va­cated their homes once again the same day and left the town.”

Rafaat says the mili­tia is destroying the Kur­dish pop­u­lated neigh­bor­hoods in the town. They do not al­low any­one to en­ter the Jamahir dis­trict, the largest Kur­dish neigh­bor­hood in Jalawla.

Com­ment­ing

on

the re­turn of the dis­placed fam­i­lies to Jalawla and Saa­dia towns, the source said three months have passed af­ter the two towns were lib­er­ated from the Is­lamic State, but still the Kur­dish dis­placed fam­i­lies are afraid to re­turn to their homes and still live in harsh con­di­tions in Khanaqeen and other sur­round­ing ar­eas.

“We need to hurry up and stop this Ara­biza­tion process,” says Rafaat.

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