According to the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN), the Iranian border guards opened fire on the car of Kurdish border trader by the name of Mihemed Bekir Qeytûlî near the village of Kanî Danyal in Selasê Bawecanî on August 7.

The man got seriously injured as result of the attack, after which he was hospitalized but lost his life despite the medical efforts. The Kurdish civilian was reportedly doing border trade and carrying fabric in his car. Qeytûlî, from the town of Pawe and living in the town of Selasê Bawecanî, was married, with children.

Kolbers (Carriers) are the people who are forced to carry goods for living, and carrying goods across the borders by passing mountains from unofficial custom points, in return to very low wages. Thousands of Kurdish villagers which trying to feed their family, because of the economic hardship and lack of jobs and opportunities, having no choices, they became Kolbers and cross the borderto get some money for their family.

Every year dozens of Kolbers wound and kill by Iranian border guards, and sometimes they have to bribe the border guards and Iranian security forces, while they get a very small amount of money by doing Kolberi.


Source: Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN), Firat News Agency (ANF)