KRG se­cu­rity force raid Arab, Turk­men houses in Ir­bil

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Politics -

The Kur­dis­Tan Re­gional Gov­ern­ment (KRG)’s se­cu­rity force, the As­say­ish, raided the houses of num­ber of Iraqi Arabs and Turk­mens by break­ing their locks, it was re­ported yes­ter­day.

Ac­cord­ing to Arab News, the houses of Arab and Turk­men lo­cals in Ir­bil were seized by the As­say­ish, which was also pho­tographed and cir­cu­lated by lo­cal Iraqi me­dia, show­ing names and tele­phone num­bers on the walls.

Dis­placed res­i­dents said they could not ob­ject to the As­say­ish as they feared ar­rest.

“Armed As­say­ish mem­bers came at night, broke the locks and took over our houses,” an Ir­bil res­i­dent said.

“Peo­ple are scared and they can­not talk as they would be ar­rested if they com­plain,” an­other said.

Lo­cal au­thor­i­ties, how­ever, claimed that the houses were tem­po­rar­ily used to host Kur­dish fam­i­lies who were dis­placed from Kirkuk and that no fam­i­lies were forced to leave Ir­bil.

On Sept. 25, Iraqis in KRG-held ar­eas and in sev­eral ar­eas dis­puted be­tween Bagh­dad and Ir­bil voted on whether to de­clare in­de­pen­dence from Iraq.

Ac­cord­ing to re­sults an­nounced by the KRG, al­most 93 per­cent of reg­is­tered vot­ers cast bal­lots in fa­vor of in­de­pen­dence.

The ref­er­en­dum was heav­ily crit­i­cized by most re­gional and in­ter­na­tional ac­tors, with many warn­ing it would dis­tract from Iraq's on­go­ing fight against ter­ror­ism and fur­ther desta­bi­lize the al­ready volatile re­gion.

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