Two members of the People’s Defence Forces (HPG) were injured in Iraqi Kurdistan’s Zap region on Wednesday, when their vehicles were attacked by forces loyal to the region’s ruling Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), Roj News reported citing a statement by the HPG.
Zerevani forces under the KDP targeted two HPG vehicles en route to Girê Amediyê using vehicle mounted machine guns, which were later joined by armed Turkish scout aircraft, the group said.
The attack comes after an order by the Zerevani Commando Commander General Aziz Veysi, where he instructed his soldiers to shoot any HPG or Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) members on sight, according to local news reports.
“It is shameful that a Kurdish force serves invading powers to this extent, while we continue to fight against the Turkish state that has invaded Kurdistan,” HPG said.
HPG also said Turkish troops had targeted their forces in the western part of the same region, using armed drones. Between 21 and 25 January, the Gare region was bombed 13 times, Metina five times, Xakurke five times, and Zap three times.