SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Iran’s Revolutionary Guards attacked Iran-based Kurdish opposition parties’ headquarters in the Kurdistan Region on Wednesday morning, wiping out the targeted sites by drones and missiles as casualties continue to hike.
Official Iranian state news agency, IRNA confirmed that the Iran elite forces have attacked Iran-based Kurdish opposition parties’ headquarters in both Erbil and Sulaimani provinces.
Koyasinjaq, Zrgwez, and Prde in Erbil came under the fire of Iranian bombings, the citizens panicked as the schools and universities were closed immediately due to the attacks.
The Kurdistan Region Health Ministry confirmed that casualties are among both civilians and the members of the Iran-based opposition parties, children and women included.
A senior member of Komala, an Iranian Kurdish opposition party, said that several of their offices were destroyed and there had been casualties and material damage, adding their headquarters in Sulaimani was struck by bomb-laden drones, but he did not have details.
The Revolutionary Guards, Iran’s elite military and security forces said after the attacks that they would continue targeting what it called “terrorists” in the region.
“This operation will continue with our full determination until the threat is effectively repelled, terrorist group bases are dismantled, and the authorities of the Kurdish region assume their obligations and responsibilities,” the Guards said in a statement read on state television.
Iraq’s foreign ministry condemned the attacks.
Iran has blamed armed Iranian Kurdish dissidents for involvement in unrest in the country, particularly in the northwest where most of Iran’s up to 10 million Kurds live.
Protests erupted in Iran this month over the death of a young Iranian woman, Mahsa Amini, in police custody.
Amini, 22, from the northwestern Kurdish city of Saqez, was arrested on Sept. 13 in Tehran for “unsuitable attire” by the morality police who enforce the Islamic Republic’s strict dress code.
She died three days later in hospital after falling into a coma, sparking the first big show of opposition on Iran’s streets since authorities crushed protests against a rise in gasoline prices in 2019.