Bafel Talabani allocates $1 million to compensate Kurds in Tuz Khurmatu

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) Co-president Bafel Talabani on Thursday allocated $1 million to compensate Kurds whose houses were destroyed in Tuz Khurmatu after the events in 2017.

Head of Hamrin Organization Center of the PUK Malla Karim Shkur said Talabani decided to allocate $1 million to compensate and renovate houses of Kurds whose homes were burned, damaged or destroyed as a result of the Kurdistan independence referendum held on October 16, 2017.

Iraqi forces alongside Hashd al-Shaabi launched a military operation to retake control of disputed areas including Kirkuk from the Kurdish forces in mid-October 2017, in the wake of the independence referendum held by the Kurdish authorities in the Kurdistan Region and those areas.

The Shia groups in Tuz Khurmatu were accused of burning and destroying houses of Kurds living in the town.

The PUK official said the money would be allocated to renovate the houses in 10 stages.

Talabani also decided during his visit to Kirkuk this week to compensate 88 Kurdish teachers whose salaries were stolen in Tuz Khurmatu.

“At a ceremony today, 88 teachers were compensated and the amount of money allocated by the co-president was distributed to them,” he added.

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