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Turkey’s attack on Makhmur camp “dangerous escalation,” says Iraqi Presidency

  2021-06-06  | 
 Zhyan News Network
At leats three people were killed and several wounded in a drone strike by Turkey targeting a refugee camp in the disputed city of Makhmur southwest of Erbil, Iraq, June 5,2021
 Zhyan News Network


SULAIMANI – Turkey’s recent airstrike near Makhmur Refugee Camp in the disputed district of Makhmur in southwest of Erbil is a “dangerous escalation” that threatens the lives of the Iraqi people and citizens and refugee, the Iraqi Presidency said on Sunday (June 6).

On Saturday, at least three people were killed and several others were wounded after a Turkish drone strike targeted Cudi Camp hosting Kurdish families fled from Turkey in the nineties. 

The Turkish authorities accuse the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) of using the camp as a recruitment center for its ranks. 

The Iraqi Presidency said that the airstrikewas “contrary to international and humanitarian law,” stated the readout.

“The Republic of the Presidency emphasized the importance of enhancing Iraqi- Turkish relations on the basis of common interest and resolving cross –border problems, and security issues through having further cooperation and coordination,” it said, noting “unilateral practice in addressing the lingering issues should be rejected.”

The statement also called on Turkey to respect Iraq’s sovereignty, as well as it rejected Iraq to “be used as an as a staging post for any hostile action against any of its neighbors.”

Erdogan claimed the drone strike killed manager of the camp Selman Bozkır, with the nom de guerre Doctor Huseyin. .

The airstrike came just few days after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to attack the refugee camp.

"Now we care. Why? Because Makhmur is almost the incubation nest for Qandil. This breeding nest is almost growing in the city center,” Erdogan said during an interview with state TV TRT. “If we don't go about it, this breeding nest will continue to produce."

US Ambassador to UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield also voiced her concerns over the Turkish drone strike. 

“Yesterday, I made clear to Turkish officials that any attack targeting civilians at Makhmur refugee camp would be a violation of international and humanitarian law,” she tweeted.

“I’m deeply concerned about violence near the camp today and call on all sides to respect the rights of refugees.”

The office of the pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HPD) in the Kurdistan Region called for three protection of the camp from further Turkish aggression. 

Since April 23, Turkey has launched an operation against PKK in Duhok’s border areas and erected at least four new military bases adding up to almost forty others in the Kurdistan Region.

Four civilians have been wounded and more than 1,500 civilians from twenty-two villages have evacuated their villages to escape Turkey’s assault, the Christian Peacemaker Teams- Iraqi Kurdistan (CPT-IK) said on Thursday. 

“Turkish incursions and violations of Iraqi sovereignty that destabilize security and threaten citizens' lives should be put an end,” the Iraqi Presidency said on behalf of a spokesperson.

The spokesperson called on Turkey to withdraw its force in the Kurdistan Region and Mosul and dubbed it as “violation of the principle of good-neighborliness, and is inconsistent with the international norms and instruments,” adding that the presence of the PKK fighters in the Kurdistan Region’s border areas are “illegal.”

At least thirteen people were killed including Iraqi border guards in an operation launched by Turkey last year in the Kurdistan Region. 

(Zhyan English)