ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Iranian authorities recently arrested six young Kurds on charges of aiding opposition parties as the frequency of clashes rises between the Islamic Regime and armed wings of entities seeking greater rights for the ethnic minority.
In recent weeks, an unknown armed group and another affiliated to the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI) launched separate attacks on members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in Iranian Kurdish (Rojhilati) provinces, killing one border guard and three IRGC members.
On Friday, agents of the Ministry of Intelligence (Ettela'at) entered Ne village, Marivan (Mariwan) County, Kurdistan Province, and arrested a civilian named Mohammed Parwaza, 21, the Kurdistan Human Rights Association (KMMK) reported.
Iranian authorities regularly accuse residents from small towns and villages of aiding or being associates of Rojhilati parties since armed wings of such groups regularly launch attacks on members of the army.
KMMK, writing on rights violations involving Kurds, added that on Thursday, three others from the same Village were arrested by the security forces of Mariwan. Their names were listed as Mohsen Farahmand, 26, Briyar Kawa, 25, and Hamid Parwaza – a possible sibling to Mohammed Parwaza, 26,
On the same day, police forces apprehended two more Kurds named Karwan Mohammedi and Rahman Sediqi in Mariwan. KMMK did not specify their ages.
The rights group said that security forces cited no reasons for the arrests and transported all detainees to an unknown location. However, Hengaw stated the authorities captured them as a result of allegations of association and cooperation with Rojhilati parties that oppose Tehran.
The IRGC has recently intensified military activities and installed more troops near the border of the Kurdistan Region, where they occasionally face off with Peshmerga from Rojhilati parties.
In early September, the IRGC killed 15 and injured 42 more members from two opposition parties, the PDKI and Kurdistan Democratic Party – Iran (KDP-I), at their headquarters on the outskirts of the Kurdistan Region’s town of Koya. They claimed it was a cross-border operation in which they used land-to-land missiles across a 220-kilometer distance.
On Wednesday, KDP-I Secretary-General Mustafa Mawludi warned that Iran could attack Iranian Kurds again after reports indicated Tehran’s continued monitoring of Kurdish parties’ activities through drones within Iraq.
Editing by John J. Catherine