It has been reported that village guards originally from Şenoba (Sêgirkê) in Şırnak, Turkey, who have been assigned by Turkey to the Zap, Avaşîn and Metîna districts of Iraqi Kurdistan are cutting trees for a fee.
Turkish military forces began their attacks in the region on the 23rd of April 2021 last year in order to occupy Zap, Avaşîn and Metîna. While military activities continue in the region, village guards brought in from Turkey carry out the pillaging of forests.
According to local sources, village guards originally from Şenoba (Sêgirkê) in Şırnak, Turkey, have been brought to Zap, Avaşîn and Metîna in Iraqi Kurdistan, where they are tasked with cutting down trees. It is reported that village guards from Şenoba (Sêgirkê) are employed in rotating monthly shifts in the region. They also cut down trees in the forests in addition to their activities as village guards.