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Marked by an X: Kurds destroying Arab homes

HRW looked at destruction of homes between September 2014 and May 2016 in disputed areas of Kirkuk and Nineveh

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Security forces of Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government have unlawfully destroyed large numbers of Arab homes, and sometimes entire villages, in areas retaken from ISIS, Human Rights Watch has reported.

HRW reported the atrocities in an 80-page report titled “Marked with an ‘X’: Iraqi Kurdish Forces’ destruction of villages, homes in conflict with ISIS,” and looked at destruction of homes between September 2014 and May 2016 in disputed areas of Kirkuk and Nineveh governorates.

“Forcing families out of their homes and into the streets or to unsafe parts of the country is a serious violation of their rights and does nothing to strengthen Iraq’s political cohesion,” said Lama Fakih, HRW’s deputy Middle East director.

A video embedded below obtained by HRW shows homes of Arabs that were evicted from the June First neighborhood of Kirkuk and demolished between October 23 and 25.

In the slider below, before and after images show the extent of destruction brought on Nahrawan village.