Order to vacate
Sulaymaniyah animal market vendors demand compensation
SULAYMANIYAH — Vendors at the Sulaymaniyah animal market are raising concerns after being informed by the city’s municipality that they must vacate the current site by March 1, 2024, for a move to a newly designated location. This directive is part of the city’s master plan, which includes transforming the existing market site into a residential project.
Mohammed Saeed, a spokesperson for the vendors’ association, conveyed to 964media that while the vendors are willing to relocate, they are adamant about receiving compensation prior to moving to the new site. He emphasized that the designated area for the new market presently has no constructed shops, making it unfeasible for vendors to establish their businesses within the provided timeframe.
Located in Qaretoghan village, south of Sulaymaniyah, the animal market currently hosts nearly 2,000 shops and stalls.
964media reached out to several parties involved. A spokesperson for the Sulaymaniyah municipality said they had no information to share on the matter.
Attempts to contact the office of the Sulaymaniyah mayor and Avin Company – the firm set to take over the animal market site – were met with no immediate responses, with the latter indicating that a statement would be forthcoming. This story will be updated.