Babylon Reports – Kurdish footballer attacked, Yezidis get homes, Trade between Kurdistan and Turkey
Written by Gabrielle Renaud on 2017-08-28
A Turkish football fan went wild as he attacked Kurdish footballer Deniz Naki during a game Saturday night. In the first half of the match played in Mersin, as Naki was preparing to shoot a free kick, a fan made his way from the stands onto the pitch and assaulted the Kurdish midfielder from behind. The man who remained unidentified was then arrested by police.
Some good news as hundreds of Yezidi families were given the ownership deeds of their homes for the first time in modern history in a UN project that rebuilt houses in the Snuny area north of Mount Shingal and determined home ownership. 562 damaged houses have been rehabilitated in 11 villages across the Snuny sub-district. A ceremony on Saturday celebrated the completion of the project which facilitated the return of roughly 3,000 Yezidis to their restored homes.
Lastly, Trade between the Kurdistan Region and neighbouring Turkey has increased by 20 percent compared to the first six months of 2016. The Kurdistan Region’s ministry of trade data shows that business exchange between Erbil and Ankara is now worth $5 billion, attributing the growth to reconstruction of areas previously held by ISIS.