Iran – 14 Aug 2019
- A number of border porters known as Kolbars were killed and injured by the Iranian security forces last week. On Sunday, August 11, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) fired at a vehicle and killed 44-year-old Kurd Saed Hassanpour in the town of Oshavanieh, south of Urmia. Last week the IRGC also wounded a Kurdish Kolbar in Urmia after physical torture. In Nowdeshah, a Kurdish Kolbar was injured after he was shot at by the Iranian guards near a border crossing near Iraqi Kurdistan. On Saturday, IRGC elements attacked a group of Kolbars near Khoy border crossing. The attacks resulted in the death of one Kolbar, Riza Ibrahimi, and the injury of another. Near Sardasht city the Iranian guards wounded two Kolbars on two different attacks on Wednesday. On the same day, a Kolbar was killed by the Iranian guards near Piranshahr. According to the latest statistics by the Kurdistan Human Rights Association (KMMK), the Iranian regime has killed 49 Kolbars and injured 98 since the beginning of 2019.
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