Iraq summons Iranian ambassador after drone bombing campaign
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq summoned Iran’s ambassador Thursday to file a diplomatic complaint over a deadly drone bombing campaign, the Iraqi Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
Iranian drones targeted an Iranian-Kurdish opposition group in northern Iraq on Wednesday, killing at least nine people and injuring 32 others. The strikes came as protests continued to swirl across the Islamic Republic following the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian Kurd who died while in the custody of Iran’s morality police.
Iran’s attacks targeted Iranian Kurdistan Democratic Party positions in Koya, some 65 kilometers (35 miles) east of Erbil. The group, known by the acronym KDPI, is a banned left-wing armed opposition force in Iran.
The Foreign Ministry said in its statement that civilians were among those killed.
He added that the Iraqi government condemned “this crime, which represents the continued encroachment of Iranian forces on Iraq’s sovereignty.”
The ministry also warned of the repercussions on “the social peace of the two countries and on regional security and stability”.
Iranian news agency and broadcaster IRNA said on Wednesday that the Islamic Republic’s Revolutionary Guards had targeted the bases of a separatist group in northern Iraq with “precision missiles” and “suicide drones”. “.
General Hasan Hasanzadeh of the Revolutionary Guards said 185 Basijis, members of a volunteer force, were injured by “machetes and knives” during the unrest. Hasanzadeh also said rioters shattered the skull of one of the Basij members. He added that five Basijis are hospitalized in intensive care.
United Nations agencies, the United States, Germany and the United Kingdom have all condemned the attacks on northern Iraq.
The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq said in a tweet that the country cannot be treated as the region’s “backyard” where neighbors regularly and with impunity violate its sovereignty.”
“Rocket diplomacy is a reckless act with devastating consequences,” the UN agency said.
Protests in Iran raged after Amini’s death in custody and spread to at least 46 cities and towns across the country. State television reported that at least 41 protesters and police have been killed since the protests began on September 17.
A tally of official statements by authorities from the Associated Press showed at least 14 dead and more than 1,500 protesters arrested.
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