Four Kurds were killed and over a dozen injured in the multi-ethnic city of Kirkuk in northern Iraq following a tumultuous night of protests and violent clashes. The incident was triggered by the Iraqi government’s decision to return the headquarters of the Joint Operations Command in Kirkuk to the ruling Kurdistan Democratic Party.
Turkey portrays the ongoing anti-Islamic State (ISIS) operation led by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in northeast Syria’s Deir Ez-Zor (Dêrezor) as a conflict between Kurds and Arabs, using this pretext to launch simultaneous attacks against the Kurdish forces, the Tel Tamir Military Council announced on Sunday.
In several demonstrations spread across Europe over the weekend, Kurdish communities and their supporters took to the streets to demand an end to the isolation and incommunicado detention imposed on Abdullah Öcalan, the Kurdistan Workers’ Party leader imprisoned in Turkey.
Iranian Kurdish journalist Nazila Maroofian has begun a dry hunger strike in Tehran’s notorious Evin prison, marking her fifth day of protest. Maroofian was arrested for the fourth time on 30 August over her published interviews with protest icon Jina Mahsa Amini’s father in 2022.
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