Tehran, Iran – Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has attacked positions in northern Iraq held by Kurdish teams, as anti-government protests proceed in Iran’s Kurdish-majority western areas and elsewhere.
The elite pressure’s floor division confirmed early on Monday that it had hit three areas within the Kurdish area of northern Iraq with missiles and drones and inflicted “heavy damage” on two Kurdish teams that Tehran considers to be “terrorist” organisations.
The semi-official Tasnim web site, which is near the IRGC, cited native sources as saying 26 members of Komala and the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan teams had been killed within the assaults.
The United States Central Command condemned the cross-border assaults in an announcement, saying they violated Iraqi sovereignty and “jeopardise the hard-fought security and stability of Iraq and the Middle East”.
The IRGC has attacked positions it stated had been held by the teams a number of occasions for the reason that starting of protests in Iran greater than two months in the past, because it maintains they smuggle weapons into the nation and perform operations to destabilise it.
The newest assault comes days after the IRGC’s Quds Force commander, Esmail Qaani, travelled to Iraq for high-level conferences, and after repeated warnings by Tehran to Baghdad to disarm or relocate the teams.
Protests erupted throughout Iran in mid-September after the loss of life in custody of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old lady from Saqqez in Iran’s Kurdistan province, who was arrested by the nation’s morality police in Tehran for allegedly not adhering to the nation’s costume code for girls.
In the previous few days, protests have been most intense in northwestern Kurdish-majority provinces, with movies persevering with to return out from a number of cities, together with Mahabad, Bukan and Piranshahr in West Azerbaijan and Javanrud in Kermanshah.
In Mahabad, a number of movies circulating on-line, which couldn’t be independently verified, confirmed a convoy of heavy armoured autos reportedly deployed by Iranian authorities, whereas the sound of gunfire may very well be heard in some movies and others confirmed helicopters flying overhead.
The IRGC confirmed in an announcement on Sunday that it’s “strengthening” its forces within the nation’s northwestern areas, in what it stated is a response to actions by “armed thugs and separatist terrorists”.
Foreign-based human rights organisations have reported that a number of folks had been shot useless by safety forces in protests on Sunday night time.
Iranian authorities have persistently denied that safety forces use stay bullets.
Authorities haven’t supplied an official tally of the whole variety of folks killed for the reason that begin of the protests, however have stated that greater than 50 members of the safety forces have been killed throughout “riots” and operations by foreign-backed “terrorists”.
Rights teams say greater than 400 folks have been killed, together with about 60 kids.
Tehran has accused international powers, together with France, Germany, Israel, Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom and the United States of being behind the nation’s unrest.
It has additionally responded to sanctions by a number of Western governments with sanctions of its personal.
Footballer helps protests
With the unrest persevering with in Iran, the nation’s nationwide soccer group has come beneath scrutiny from the worldwide media because it prepares to face England on Monday afternoon in each groups’ World Cup opener.
Iran and England are each in Group B, together with the US and Wales.
During a press convention on Sunday, the Iranian group’s captain, Ehsan Hajsafi, appeared to implicitly voice help for the protests, expressing condolences to households who’ve misplaced family members.
He additionally started his feedback by saying “in the name of the God of rainbows”, a reference to a sentence utilized in a video by Kian Pirfalak, a nine-year-old boy who was killed after he was shot within the city of Izeh, in Khuzestan province, final week.
Pirfalak’s mom blamed safety forces throughout his funeral, however authorities stated “terrorists” using a bike killed him and 6 others.
Karim Bagheri and Yahya Golmohammadi, two former gamers for the nationwide soccer group and present members of the backroom employees on the main Iranian membership Persepolis, had been punished on Sunday for publishing posts in help of the protests on their social media accounts.
Bagheri was fined 20 % of his wage, whereas Golmohammadi was fined 15 %.
Two actresses, Katayoun Riahi and Hengameh Ghaziani, had been additionally arrested on Sunday.
They had filmed themselves with no head masking in help of the protests.
Iran on Sunday issued a sixth protest-linked loss of life sentence, saying the individual sentenced had blocked a significant road in Tehran, fought with Basij paramilitary forces utilizing a weapon, and “terrorised” civilians.