The NGO Human Rights Watch (HRW) announced this Sunday that the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) is preventing 1,200 Arab families from returning to their homes six years after the area west of Duhok was restored. of the Islamic State.
“The Kurdish authorities are preventing thousands of Arab villagers from returning to their homes for no legitimate reason,” stressed HRW’s high-level crisis and conflict investigator Belki’s will, stressing that the government had allowed Kurdish neighbors to flee and escape, not the Arabs “as Punishment”.
In particular, the organization has alarmed the situation of people in five Iraqi villages – Jidria, Mahmudiyah, Qahira, Suadia and Sufiya – in which the Islamic State took control in 2014. The Peshmerga, the region’s security forces, managed to restore the cities in a few days, but prevented these families from returning.
A KRG spokesman, Dindar Zebari, responded to the situation in these five cities, assuring them that, at different times, they were one of the most destroyed areas during the Islamic State restoration process since they were between 2016 and 2016 Place in 2017.