Dozens of mostly Christian families had to leave their homes and settled at ‘Masiheen’ residential complex in Koy Sanjaq, Erbil Governorate, following alleged bombing campaigns by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps near their village, Armota, on Monday.
“Since the first strike, which took place 40 days ago, we left our houses, came here and became displaced,” one of the refugees said.
Another respondent mentioned that the situation began in 2008 and it is ‘unbearable’ now. “It keeps happening over and over, and we do not know what to do or where to go,” the man added.
In total, about 100 families, including children, moved to the Koy Sanjaq where they were located in 36 apartments.
Clara Abdel Masih Hanna, a refugee, shared that people ‘were comfortable’ in their village, however, bombing ’causes great discomfort’. “We ask the government to help us, to investigate the condition of the Christians of the village of Armota,” the woman added.
Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) reportedly launched missile and drone strikes targeting Kurdish opposition groups in Iraq’s Kurdistan region on Monday.
According to local media citing IRGC, ‘separatist anti-Iranian terrorist groups’ were targeted since the morning with a series of ‘missile and drone attacks by the ground force of the Revolutionary Guards’.
Ali Boudaghi, an official from the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDK-I) said to journalists on Monday that Koysinjaq, also known as Koya, and Erbil, the capital of Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdish region, were targeted with missiles and suicide drones.