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Fourth village evacuated in Duhok's Kani Masi

  2021-05-25  | 
 Zhyan News Network
Residents of Sararu village flee amid Turkey’s airstrikes and artillery fires in Kani Masi sub-district, Duhok, Kurdistan Region, Iraq, May 25,2021. Photo by Mehvan Mecid/ Zhyan News Network
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – The village of Adni and Sararu villages in Duhok’s Amedi district were evacuated on Tuesday (May 25) fearing Turkish bombardment, becoming the fourth village to be evacuated in the district amid intensified fighting between Turkish army and Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

One civilian from the village of Adni was wounded due to Turkish airstrikes against suspected positions of the PKK.

Reporter of Zhyan News Network said there are about ten houses located in the village in Kani Masi sub-district  which were all cleared earlier in the morning.

“Turkey ahs been bombing and shelling our village intensively,” Sararu village chief told Zhyan News Network. “Mortar shells fell just few meters away from our village.”

The villager called on the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to put an end to the clashes so that they return to their homes.

Amedi District Mayor Sarbast Sabri said that 202 out of 358 villages have been evacuated due to the conflicts between  Turkey the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

Kesta and Chalke villages are void of residents after being vacated recently amid fear of Turkey’s ongoing artillery fires and airstrikes.

PKK has started an armed struggle for Kurdish cultural rights against the Turkish authorities since 1984. It is headquartered in the Kurdistan Region’s mountainous areas. 

Turkey’s airstrike and shelling are almost a daily recurrence in the Kurdistan Region, more notably in the border areas. It launches cross-border operations every now and then.

(Zhyan English)

*This story was updated at 06:12 p.m. on Tuesday (May 25)