Iranian security forces have detained at least three Kurdish civilians named Moein Aboubakri, Yousef Rahmani, and Zanyar Hassanzadeh in Piranshahr and Oshnavieh in West Azerbaijan province.

The detentions are a part of the recent wave of arrests of Kurdish civilians and activists in the past few weeks.

On 13 July, security forces raided Aboubakri’s house in Piranshahr and took him to an undisclosed location.

On the same day, forces of the Ministry of Intelligence in Oshnavieh arrested Rahmani and the 16-year-old Hassanzadeh.

Hassanzadeh was released after a day of interrogation in the detention centre of the intelligence ministry with a written commitment.

However, on 15 July, the Intelligence Organisation of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) summoned him over a phone call and rearrested him. They took the civilian to an undisclosed location.

According to the statistics collected by the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN), at least two Sunni clerics and 21 Kurdish civilians have been arrested by the forces of Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence in the cities of Oshnavieh, Piranshahr, and Baneh.

Of these, two people have been released on bail in Baneh, but the fate of the other 21 remains unknown.