Kurdistan Communities Union and Kurdistan Workers’ Party reject Iraqi accusations over fires in Erbil, Nohadra, and Kerkeslokh

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region of Iraq — The Kurdistan Communities Union (Kurdish: Koma Civakên Kurdistanê, KCK) and Kurdistan Workers’ Party (Partiya Karkerên Kurdistanê, PKK) rejected the Iraqi government’s accusations that they were responsible for the fires in Erbil, Nohadra (Duhok), and Kerkeslokh (Kirkuk) in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI). They demand that the real perpetrators, allegedly linked to Turkish and regional intelligence, be identified and held accountable.

The Ministries of Interior in Baghdad and Erbil announced the findings of their investigations, which concluded that the PKK was responsible for the fires. They also reported the arrest of three individuals who confessed to being members of the PKK.

In response, the Foreign Relations Committee of the KCK criticized the Iraqi Ministry of Interior for blaming the PKK for the extensive damage and fires. They argue that these accusations serve to obscure the truth, as Turkey continues its aggressive actions in the region.

The KCK called on Baghdad to reveal the true culprits. They asserted that they do not engage in setting fires or burning villages but are dedicated to protecting the lives of the local population. The statement emphasized that the accusations are false and affirmed their commitment to resisting threats and efforts to destabilize the region, particularly those posed by Turkey.