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Peshmerga killed in Duhok as trying to prevent Turkish advances

  2021-06-08  | 
 Zhyan News Network
Photo of a 30-year-old Peshmerga Razwan Sindi who was killed "in a sniper attack" while trying to prevent further Turkish advance in Duhok's Zakho district. Graphic/Zhyan News Network
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – One Peshmerga was killed “in a sniper attack” on Tuesday (June 8) after he was deployed along with a number of Peshmerga forces to prevent further Turkish advances in Duhok’s Zakho district.

Media outlets affiliated with the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) accused Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) of responsibility, citing the mayor of Darkar area Adeb Jafaar. 

The Ministry of Peshmerga condemned the attack and called on the Iraqi government and allied countries to play a role alongside the Kurdish forces and protect the Kurdistan Region’s border areas from “trespass.”

“The PKK fighters should understand that with such actions no aim can be achieved and our people will pay the big price,” Peshmerga Ministry said in a statement.

“We reiterate that protecting the sovereignty of the Kurdistan Region is the priority of the Peshmerga Ministry and we will not allow any force and any side to put its borders in danger.”

The military wing of the PKK, the People's Defense Forces (HPG), rejected the accusations that the Peshmergas fighter was killed in their fire, reported by Roj News affiliated with the PKK.

Razwan Sindi, a 30-year-old Peshmerga and father of two children, became the sixth Peshmerga to be killed in less than one week while trying to protect the Kurdistan Region’s territorial sovereignty and amid Turkey’s ongoing military operation in the border areas.

On June 5, five Peshmerga affiliated with the KDP were killed and four others wounded after their vehicle was caught in a blast in Duhok’s Mount Metina.

The exact cause of destruction of an armored vehicle, which killed five Peshmerga in Duhok’s Amedi, couldn’t be determined, the PKK said, denying responsibility and accusing Turkey of being behind it.

The Peshmerga ministry accused PKK of responsibility. The PKK, however, said it couldn’t determine the cause of the blast and that guerrillas only fired warning shots into the air to stop the Peshmerga forces from further advance into their positions.

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

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.

The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has accused the PKK several times of causing Turkey’s aggression into the Region.

(Zhyan English)

*This story was updated at 06:12 pm on Tuesday (June 8)