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 Kurdistan Region-Iraq News in brief

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Kurdistan Region-Iraq News in brief  14.2.2009

February 14, 2009 -  Sulaimaniyah, Erbil-Hewler, Duhok, Kirkuk, Kurdistan Region 'Iraq'

Iranian artillery resumes bombing Kurdistan region border areas

The Iranian artillery on Saturday, February 14, 2009 heavily bombed the Kurdistan region border areas of Lolan, Berkma, Snin, Khnera and Dalstan of the Sidakan sub-district of Soran district, Erbil province, a well-informed source told PUKmedia correspondent.

“The casualties of the bombing are unknown yet,” the source added.

Each family of martyrs of Halabja Chemical bombardment to receive 5.000.000 ID

Under the decree issued by Deputy Premier of the Kurdistan Regional Government Omer Fatah, each family of the martyrs of Halabja Chemical bombardment will receive 5.000.000 ID of loans for completing their houses.

Recently, the Kurdistan Regional Government decided to build 500 houses for those families and it supplied 21.250.000 ID and 50 tons of cement for each one of them.

Kurdistan Region Presidency to free another group of prisoners

Following the release of several prisoners who were found not guilty in the Kurdistan Region’s prisons, Kurdistan Region Presidency will free another group of prisoners in cooperation with the concerned sides, Head of Kurdistan Region Presidency’s Divan Fuad Hessen told PUKmedia.

Fuad Hessen did not mention the number of prisoners who are expected to be freed, and said, “It takes much time to complete necessary procedures in this regard.”

Regarding this, Kurdistan Region Presidency along with Kurdistan Regional Government and a number of concerned ministries formed a committee tasked with examining the prisoners’ issue.

German FM to visit Kurdistan region

In an exclusive statement to Kurdistan Nwe newspaper, the head of foreign relations office of KRG Falah Mustafa said “the German foreign minister will visit Kurdistan region soon. The minister didn’t announce the date of his visit.”

He added “France is expected to open an office for its embassy in Kurdistan region. At his meeting with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, the French President Nicolas Sarkozy emphasized that France intends to open this consulate in Kurdistan region.

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