ERBIL — The United Nations is concerned about the reports regarding the destruction and looting of houses, businesses, and political offices, and forced displacement of civilians, predominantly Kurds, from the disputed areas.
Following the invasion of Kirkuk and other Kurdish disputed areas by the Iranian-backed Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi, the militiamen began to destroy and loot the houses of the Kurdish citizens in those areas.
The United Nations said it has received reports of the burning of about 150 houses in Tuz Khurmatu, south of Kirkuk, on 16 and 17 October, by the armed groups of Hashd al-Shaabi.
“There were also allegations that up to 11 houses which reportedly belonged to Kurdish families and officials of Kurdish political parties were destroyed by explosives in the city,” the UN statement reads.
The UN also revealed that some reports say a number of offices belonging to Turkmen political parties in Kirkuk came under attack.
“There were also reports of attacks against political offices of Turkmen parties in the Kirkuk Governorate,” the statement said.
“The United Nations urges the Government of Iraq to take every action to halt any violations and ensure that all civilians are protected and that the perpetrators of acts of violence, intimidation and forced displacement of civilians be brought to justice.”