IRAQI KURDISH FORCES DEPORT ARABS AND TURKMENS

kurdsKurdish security forces known as Asayesh and Peshmerga fighters have deported Arab and Turkmen families from Iraq’s northern province of Kirkuk following last week’s referendum on secession.

The London-based al Quds al Arabi newspaper on Monday quoted informed sources at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) as saying that 58 families had been “forcibly displaced” from Kirkuk so far.

The daily further said that the families were displaced to Diyala Province’s Miqdadiyah City.

The deported Arab families said Kurdish forces made copies of their documents and forced them to sign papers. They later found to have signed their purported endorsement of the referendum and participation in it.

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