ERBIL — The Iranian-backed Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi burned the house of a Kurdish journalist in Tuz Khurmatu, in retaliation to his work with the Peshmerga forces during the past few years of fighting against the Islamic State (IS).
Hawkar Hassan, a Kurdish journalist who worked for a TV station affiliated with the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), stated on his Facebook account that the armed men have burned his house in Rizgari neighborhood in Tuz Khurmatu city.
Hassan explained that he had been working as a journalist in the area, covering the news of Peshmerga fighting against the IS organization, adding that the militias have considered his work a crime therefore they burned his house.
Despite the fact that a group of PUK officials reached an agreement with Hashd al-Shaabi to hand over the disputed territories to the militias, but the militias did not refrain from destroying the house of a PUK-affiliated journalist.
The Iraqi army, with support from the Iranian-backed Hashd al-Shaabi, took over the disputed territories, including Kirkuk, Tuz Khurmatu and Khanaqin on October 16.
The invasion created a humanitarian crisis as the militias forced around 200,000 civilians to flee their areas, mainly Tuz Khurmatu. The militiamen also pillaged and destroyed hundreds of houses and businesses of Kurdish people in Tuz Khurmatu.