Iranian border guards injured two kolbars in the border areas of Piranshahr and Sarvabad in north-west Iran on 18 May.

In recent days, border guards also raided the barns of a number of villagers in the Hengeh-ye Zhal border area of Baneh, Kurdistan province, and took some pack animals to the border areas and shot them.

On 18 May, border guards opened fire on a group of kolbars in the Mirgah-e Derizh border area of Piranshahr, West Azerbaijan province, severely injuring kolbar Farough Azizi.

The 43-year-old father of three from Piranshahr was taken to a medical centre in the city of Soran in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq by a group of kolbars.

At the same time, kolbar Habib Mohammadi, from Marivan in Kurdistan province, fell from a height in the Tateh border area in the Hawraman region while being chased by border guards.

Over the past two days, hundreds of kolbars in the region were surrounded by border guards with no access to water or food.