Village residents protest near Turkey’s intelligence office in Duhok’s Batifa
Residents of Kashane village protest near Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization (MIT) in Batifa sub-district, Duhok, Kurdistan Region, Iraq, June 2,2021. Photo by / Mehvan Mecid Zhyan News Network
Zhyan News Network
SULAIMANI – A number of residents of Kashane village protested near a Turkish intelligence base in Batifa sub-district in northern Duhok on Wednesday (June 2) after they were shelled by thwe Turkish army’s artilleries upon their arrival to the village earlier in the day.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, a resident of the village told Zhyan News Network that they visited their vacated village after village Mukhtar (chief) Omar Hashim previously informed them they “can return to their village to tend to their orchards and groves.”
“Thus, we held a gathering of protest near the MIT (National Intelligence Organization) headquarters in Batifa sub-district and will no longer accept persecution,” he said.
Since April 23, Turkey has started an operation against PKK members in Duhok’s border areas and erected at least four new military bases adding up to almost forty others in the Kurdistan Region. The Turkish army ahs erected several new bases.
Since then, at least four people have been wounded and four villages have been almost vacated due to turkey's bombardments.
PKK is an armed Kurdish opposition group that has started an armed struggle for Kurds’ cultural rights in Turkey.
Turkey is also accused of felling and looting trees in the restive regions