Sunday , 14 July 2024

One Kolbar Killed, Six Injured by Iranian Border Forces

Iranwire – Iranian border forces shot and killed one kolbar and injured at least six others in western Kermanshah.

Ayoub Mohammadi, a kolbar from Salas Babajani, was fatally wounded when border guards opened fire on a group of transborder porters on Monday morning. 

Mohammadi was rushed to Quds Hospital in Paveh but succumbed to his injuries shortly after admission.

The shooting also resulted in injuries to six other kolbars, according to the Hengaw human rights organization.

All six injured individuals are reportedly from Ziran Village in Javanroud, also located in Kermanshah Province.

Kolbars are porters who haul goods on their backs and feet over long distances across Iran’s borders, mainly around the impoverished, mountainous Kurdish areas adjacent to Iraq.

According to the Kolbar News website, a total of 85 kolbars lost their lives while transporting goods in the western provinces of West Azerbaijan, Kurdistan, and Kermanshah between March and September 2023.

The causes of their deaths include direct fire by military forces, blizzards, cold weather, and falls from mountains and heights.