The death toll in Iran’s attacks in Iraqi Kurdistan on Wednesday rose to 14 and another 59 people were injured, sources from the Iraqi Kurdish authorities said today.
A source at the Ministry of Health of the Iraqi Kurdish regional government told Efe news agency, on condition of anonymity, that among the victims of the series of attacks carried out by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards are women and children.
The attacks would have occurred, according to the same source, due to support for the demonstrations taking place in Iran over the death of the young Mahsa Amini, after being detained by the Iranian morality police on September 13, in Tehran. The young woman died on 16 September in hospital, the date on which protests began in Iran.
Iraqi Kurdish authorities had advanced on Wednesday that nine people had died and 32 others were injured in the Iranian attacks.
On Wednesday night, Iraqi Kurdish officials said in a statement that “70 ballistic missiles and ‘drones’ loaded with explosive material were launched from Iranian territory in four operations.”
A military source, who requested anonymity, told EFE that “the positions of Iranian Kurdish parties, including the Kurdish Democratic Party and the Party for the Liberation of Kurdistan, have been targeted by drones and missiles.”
Iran’s Revolutionary Guards confirmed shortly after the attack that it had bombed “terrorist groups” in northern Iraq for the fifth day in a row.
This series of attacks provoked the condemnation of the Kurdistan Regional Government, which was “surprised” by the attack, and Baghdad, which warned that it would take measures at the highest diplomatic level so that such actions do not happen again.
The protests in Iran began two weeks ago after the death in police custody of Mahsa Amini, 22, who was detained for failing to comply with mandatory dress requirements for women.
Iranian state television said in its latest report that 41 people had died, but clarified that this was its own estimate and not official figures.
The Iranian authorities insist that the protests are incited by the “foreign enemy” with the intervention of embassies and intelligence services of other countries.
Kurds are the largest ethnic minority without a state of their own, comprising 30 million people mainly distributed among Turkey, Iran, Iraq, and Syria.
Source: With Agencies