The President of the Kurdistan Region remembers the Simel massacre

The President of the Kurdistan Region remembers the Simel massacre

Aug 08 2022

ARK News... The President of Kurdistan Region, Nechirvan Barzani, recalled on Sunday the Simel massacre committed by the Iraqi authorities, on the "Assyrian Martyr's Day".

Nechirvan Barzani said on Twitter: "on Sunday, August 7, on the Assyrian Martyr's Day, we honor the memory of the victims of the genocide of our Assyrian brothers and sisters committed by the Iraqi authorities at the time in Simel 89 years ago."

"On this occasion, we affirm coexistence and tolerance," the region's president added.

The Iraqi authorities committed the Simel massacre against the Assyrians, in organized liquidation operations during the reign of Faisal I and the government of Rashid Ali al-Kilani, and its intensity increased between 8-11 August 1933.

The term (massacre) is used to describe the massacres and ethnic genocide that took place in the town of Simel, in addition to about 63 Assyrian villages in the Mosul Brigade at the time (the current governorates of Duhok and Nineveh), which led to the death of about 600 people, according to British sources, and more than 3,000 Assyrians, according to other sources.

In 1970, the Assyrian World Federation declared 7 August as the Assyrian Martyr's Day, in which the fallen will be commemorated, whether in the Simel campaign or in the Assyrian massacres.