SULAIMANI – Turkish warplanes have intensified airstrikes against suspected positions of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in the Kurdistan Region, bombing 10 sites in Gara area of Duhok province.
Amid intensified airstrikes, Turkish Defense Ministry announced deployment of Turkish soldiers to Gara mountain “in an aim to protect national security.”
According to a statement by the Turkish Defense Ministry the soldiers have rappelled to the ground from helicopters as part of “Claw-Tiger 2” operation.
Zhyan reporter in Duhok said the Turkish fighter jets have begun airstrikes early on Wednesday, setting alight agricultural lands and sparking fear among the civilians.
Turkish and Iranian military attacks in the Kurdistan Region have often failed to take adequate precautions to minimize civilian casualties, this has cost the lives of hundreds of Kurdish residents from border areas.
Families of people who were killed in Turkish and Iranian airstrikes met on February 8 with the Kurdistan Parliament presidency, asking to be compensated.
Families of the victims demanded to be financially compensated for the damages inflicted to their properties and asked to recognize their loved ones who have died in airstrikes as “martyrs.”
In a letter to the parliament, families of the victims called for an end to the airstrikes which have killed hundreds of locals’ livestock and led to large areas of burned lands used by farmers for agriculture.
Rewaz Fayaq, Kurdistan Parliament Speaker expressed her support for their demands and said “the government must take into account the livelihood and safety of the residents near the border.”