Following the new wave of arrests of Kurdish civilians in Oshnavieh, West Azarbaijan province, the number of civilians arrested by Iranian security forces on 13 July has increased to seven.

On 13 July, two civilians named Siamand Karamat, the head of Nalous health centre in Oshnavieh, and Pirot Tabnak from the Sengan village of Oshnavieh were arrested by security forces and taken to an undisclosed location.

Including the arrest of these two civilians, at least one Sunni cleric and six other civilians were arrested on 13 July by security forces in Oshnavieh.

Following the new wave of arrests of Kurdish civilians, Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence has released a statement announcing the arrest of a group of 10 people in West Azerbaijan province.

According to the statistics collected by the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN), in July, at least two Sunni clerics and 18 Kurdish civilians have been arrested by the forces of Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence in the cities of Oshnavieh, Piranshahr, and Baneh.