Hengaw's exclusive report on the killing of 16 Kolbers on the borders of Baneh, Kurdistan province

Hengaw's exclusive report on the killing of 16 Kolbers on the borders of Baneh, Kurdistan province

22:37 - 29 November 2023

 

Hengaw: Wednesday, November 29, 2023

From March 22, 2023, until now, within a period of eight months and four days, 19 Kolbers, including a child named Farouq Alizadeh, 17 years old, from Rabat city, have been killed in the borders of Baneh city. Also, since the beginning of autumn 70 days, at least 82 Kolbers have been injured by the direct fire from the Iranian border guards on the borders of this city.
According to Hengaw, in the past 250 days, from March 22 to November 26, 2023, sixteen Kolbers have been killed at the border of Baneh. From this list, Rasul Gageshi, a father of five children from Sardasht, and Mohammad Latif Ahmedpour, a 26-year-old Kolber from Baneh, the father of one child, were run over by the vehicles belonging to the Iranian border guards, and 14 others were killed by direct fire. Also, in the past 70 days, at least 82 Kolbers have been wounded on the borders of this city by direct fire from these armed forces.
This report shows that in the last 34 days of this specific period, the killing of Kolbers on the border of Baneh had an exponential trend, and during that period, 6 Kolbers out of the total number of 16 Kolbers were killed by direct fire from Iranian armed forces.
The recent follow-ups of Hengaw show that Mehdi Vahedi, the commander, and Mustafa Moradi, the deputy commander of the Iranian border guards at the border of Baneh, Kurdistan province, played the main roles in directly shooting at the Kolbers. According to the details of this field research, these two military officials have committed the crime of killing Kolbers in several other cases.
Every year, a number of Kolbers in Kurdistan are killed and injured due to falling from a height, frostbite, avalanches, direct fire, and beatings by the Iranian armed forces. Also, a number of them suffer lifelong spine and joint injuries due to carrying heavy loads at uneven heights, and accurate statistics in this regard have not been collected due to a lack of field access.
Hengaw had previously published a film in which the Iranian armed forces, in addition to using weapons such as the Ak-47, also used semi-heavy weapons such as RPGs. On this basis, while expressing concern about the use of semi-heavy weapons by the Iranian Border Guards against the Kolbers, Hengaw calls for an arms and financial embargo on the Iranian Border Guards and the international prosecution of the senior commanders of these forces on charges of crimes against humanity.
 
The names of the 16 Kolbers killed on the border of Bane since the aforementioned period are as follows:

1- Behzad Azizi, 19 years old, unmarried, and from Baneh, was killed on March 23, 2023, by direct fire from Iranian armed forces on the border road of Baneh.
2- Yaqub Abbasi, 42 years old, married, and from Sardasht, was killed on April 18, 2023, by direct fire from the IRGC forces on the border of Baneh.
3- Mohammad Latif Ahmedpour, 26 years old, married, and father of one child, from Baneh, was run over by a car and killed by the Iranian border guards in Baneh on April 24, 2023.
4- Hoshiar Hassanzadeh, 20 years old, single, and from Baneh, was killed on June 5, 2023, by direct fire from the Iranian Border Guards on the border of Baneh.
5- 27-year-old Wrya Sharifi, from Baneh, was killed on June 24, 2023, by direct fire from the Iranian Border Guards on the border of Baneh.
6- Hoshiar Amini from Baneh was killed on August 3, 2023, by direct fire from the Iranian Border Guards on the border of Baneh.
7- Rasul Gageshi, married, father of five children, and a native of Sardasht, was run over by a car and killed by the Iranian Border Guards on the border of Baneh on August 5, 1402.
8- Arslan Rasouli, 29 years old and from Sardasht, was killed on August 13, 2023, by direct fire from the Iranian Border Guards on the border of Baneh.
9- Hamed Farajpour from Saqqez was killed on September 5, 2023, by direct fire from the Iranian Border Guards on the border of Baneh.
10- Mohammad Khaledi, from Baneh, was killed on September 9, 2023, by the Iranian Border Guards on the border of Baneh.
11- 35-year-old Mohsen Abdullahi, married, father of four children, and from Baneh, was killed on October 24, 2023, by direct fire from the Iranian Border Guards on the border of Baneh.
12- Azad Sattarpanah, 43 years old, married, father of three children, and from Saqqez, was killed by direct fire from the Iranian Border Guards on the border of Baneh on November 7, 2023.
13- Yadgar Rahimi from Baneh was killed on November 14, 2023, by direct fire from the Iranian Border Guards on the border of Baneh.
14- Jalal Heydarian, unmarried and from Diwandara, was killed on November 5, 2023, by direct fire from the Iranian Border Guards on the border of Baneh.
15- Asad Hasanpour, 25 years old, unmarried, and from Saqqez, was killed on November 22, 2023, by direct fire from the Iranian Border Guards on the Baneh.
16- Farouq Alizadeh, 17 years old and a resident of Rabat city, was killed by direct fire from the Iranian Border Guards on November 26, 2023, on the border of Baneh.