Security forces arrested Kurdish civilians Hiva Shabahang, Ayoub Mirzaei, Shirvan Khezri, Hedayat Khasteh, Sherko Nasiri, and Ashkan Rasouli in the cities of Oshnavieh and Mahabad in West Azerbaijan Province in recent days.
Early morning raids on 16 August targeted the homes of three civilians from the village of Gog Tapeh in Mahabad – Hedayat Khasteh, Sherko Nasiri, and Ashkan Rasouli. The arrests were made without a court order.
In a separate operation on the same day, security forces raided the village of Bimzortah in Oshnavieh and arrested Ayoub Mirzaei and Shirvan Khezri, without a court order.
In addition, on 15 August, security forces arrested Hiva Shabahang in Mahabad and transferred him to an undisclosed location.
The charges against these individuals and details of their place of detention remain unknown.