Damage caused by Turkey’s op. in Kesta village estimated at $1.2 billion: Official
Some columns of smoke billow after Turkish fighter jets bombed mountainous area in Kesta village, Duhok, Kurdistan Region, Iraq, May 9,2021 Photo by Zhyan News Network/ Mehvan Mecid
Zhyan News Network
SULAIMANI – As Turkey continues bombardments in Kesta village, Kani Mase Sub-district Mayor Sarbast Sabri said on Wednesday (June 10) that Turkey’s ongoing land and air operations in northern Duhok governorate has caused damage to orchards, groves and residents’ properties worth of 1.7 billion Iraqi dinars ($1.2 billion) in the village over the past 46 days.
Since March 23, Turkey has started an operation against the PKK in Duhok’s border areas and erected at least four new military bases adding up to almost fourth others in the Kurdistan Region.
The PKK has started an armed struggle since 1984 against the Turkish authorities, with the Kurdish group calling for Kurds’ cultural rights in Turkey.
Kesta village has been evacuated
since early May amid fearing Turkey's aggression.
Smoke rises after Turkish warplanes bombed highest in Kesta village, Duhok, Kurdistan Region, Iraq, May 17,2021. Photo by social media
Five villages have been vacated of their residents since the onset of the Turkish operation in the sub-district, Sabri told Zhyan News Network.
“More than 1,000 dunams of lands have been torched in the boundary,” the official stated, noting a committee has been formed to assess the damage.
On Thursday, the Turkish warplanes bombed the peripheries of Kesta village. Turkey has erected over ten bases since the operation started.
More than 40 villages have been evacuated in Darkar and Batifa towns in Zakho district of Duhok, another official said.
Four civilians have so far been wounded by Turkey’s bombardments and more than 1,500 civilians from 22 villages have evacuated their villages to escape Turkey’s assault, according to Christian Peacemaker Teams- Iraqi Kurdistan (CPT-IK).
Turkey has recently come under for loggings in the restive areas.
Since May 2020, Turkey has constructed 81 kilometers of new roads in Duhok’s northern Zakho and Amedi that can be liked with increased logging of trees. These roads are likely used in the Turkish military campaign against the PKK, Wim Zwijnenburg from the PAX, a war monitor, tweeted.
The Turkey-PKK clashes have pitted the latter against another Kurdish political party, the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP).
The KDP enjoys a cordial tie with Turkey and it is accused by the PKK of facilitating Turkey’s aggression.
Six Peshmerga fighters affiliated with the KDP were killed in two incidents in less than a week in the war-stricken areas. PKK denies involvements in the killings.