Kurds destroyed 'thousands' of Arab homes in Iraq

Amnesty International says thousands of homes destroyed have been razed areas.

Kurds destroyed 'thousands' of Arab homes in Iraq

World Bulletin / News Desk

Kurdish forces have destroyed thousands of homes in northern Iraq in an apparent attempt to uproot Arab communities, Amnesty International said Wednesday. 

The rights group said the destruction took place after Kurdish forces captured areas from ISIL, which overran swathes of territory north and west of Baghdad in 2014.

Destruction and theft of property has been a frequent occurence in the war against ISIL, angering residents whose support security forces may need to hold recaptured areas.

"Peshmerga forces from the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and Kurdish militias in northern Iraq have bulldozed, blown up and burned down thousands of homes communities in revenge for their perceived support" of IS, Amnesty said in a statement.

The autonomous Kurdish region's "forces appear to be spearheading a concerted campaign to forcibly displace Arab communities," Donatella Rovera, Amnesty's senior crisis response adviser, said in the statement.

"The forced displacement of civilians and the deliberate destruction of homes and property without military justification may amount to war crimes," Rovera said. 

 

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