State Of Emergency Announced In Tuz Khurmatu, Says Hashid Al-Shaabi
A State of emergency was announced in Tuz Khurmatu following launches of rockets towards the district, Hashid al-Shaabi said on Tuesday (December 12).
Hashid al-Shaabi spokesman in Tuz Khurmatu, Said Ali Hashim al-Husaini told NRT that a number of rockets were fired at the Turkmen neighborhoods in Tuz Khurmatu Tuesday morning.
“The casualties are still unclear due to the instability of the district,” he added.
Deputy Head of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) office in Tuz Khurmatu, Hassan Baram told NRT that one person was killed and several others were wounded due to the shelling.
The source of the rockets is not yet known.
On December 9, two people were killed and 10 others were wounded after the rockets were launched towards Tuz Khurmatu.
The security situation in Tuz Khurmatu has deteriorated since mid-October when Iraqi forces alongside Hashid al-Shaabi launched an assault to retake the disputed areas from the Kurdish forces.
The Mayor of Tuz Khurmatu, Shalal Abdul, said hundreds of houses, apartments and businesses were exploded, burned and looted by the armed groups in Tuz Khurmatu.
Kurdistan Region’s Independent Commission for Human Rights said on October 19 that the crimes of Hashid al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Units) against people in Kirkuk and Tuz Khurmatu were “war crimes.”
Amnesty International said lives of countless men, women and children were “devastated” in Tuz Khurmatu. Citing residents, Amnesty said hundreds of properties were looted, set on fire and destroyed in the district.
Citing reports it received, the U.N. said on October 19 that looting of houses, businesses and political offices, and forced displacement of civilians had taken place against civilians in the previous weeks.