Kurdish and Turkmen farmers say their lands occupied in Kirkuk

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Kurdish and Turkmen farmers on Sunday held a protest in the disputed Kirkuk City against the occupation of their agricultural lands by the Iraqi forces, said Esta Media Network reporter on Sunday.

“Farmers of Kirkuk’s Tobzawa village held a protest near Kirkuk-Baghdad road earlier today,” He said.

“The farmers expressing dissatisfaction against the treatment of the Iraqi forces on their properties in Tobzawa. Their lands have been occupied. The armed forces prevent farmers to work,” He added.

Last Monday similar incident occurred in Tobzawa village. The Iraqi army forced out Kurdish farmers on their agricultural lands, preventing them from harvesting wheat, while the real owner of the Agri-lands is claimed by the Kurdish farmers.

Kirkuk lies in an oil-rich and ethnically mixed part of the country. Control over the province has been contested by Kurdish and Iraqi authorities.

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