ERBIL — Erbil General Directorate of Security has refuted the allegations of “direct fire” at a group of people who intended to walk between Sulaymaniyah, through Erbil to Afrin of Syrian Kurdistan.
Hundreds of people on Friday walked on foot from Sulaymaniyah towards Erbil, aiming to join the battle in Afrin against the attacking Turkish army. However, clashes erupted between them and the security forces as they arrived at a checkpoint in Erbil’s entrance.
Head of Erbil Security, Tariq Nouri, said in a statement that the demonstrators, estimated to be nearly 400 people, had rejected the security check and intended to cross the checkpoint forcefully before clashes erupted.
Nouri also refuted the reports claiming that several demonstrators were injured by direct fire from the security forces. “There were only shootings in the air to bring the situation under control,” he pointed out.
According to Nouri, those injured during the clash were wounded due to stone throwing and not shooting.