Smoke rises after a Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) vehicle was bombed in a Turkish airstrike near Galala village in Mawat district, Sulaimani, Kurdistan Regionm Iraq, June 19,2021. Photo credit of social media
SULAIMANI – Two Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) fighters were killed and another was wounded in a Turkish airstrike in the vicinity of Galala village in Sulaimani’s Mawat district on Saturday (June 19), Mawat District Mayor Kamaran Hassan said.
“No civilian was hurt. The bombing happened at around 06:40 pm while a regiment of the PKK was going through the village,” Hassan told Zhyan News Network.
This is the second Turkey’s airstrike in Sulaimani governorate in less than a week amid an extensive airstrike against the PKK in Duhok governorate.
Following the Turkey’s airstrike, a young woman recounted in
a video circulated on social media on how the airstrike hit the PKK vehicle “in the middle of Galala village.”
“There are more than 300 people from over 50 houses in this village,” she said . “Our lives are not protected under Turkey’s bombardments.”
PKK is an armed Kurdish opposition that has started an armed struggle against the Turkish authorities since 1984, calling for Kurds' and minorities' cultural rights. It is based in the Kurdistan Region's mountainous areas.
On June 13, four people were killed including
a civilian in another Turkish airstrike in Sulaimani's Pishdar region.
Since April 23, Turkey has started a large-scale operation against the PKK in Duhok’s border areas and erected several military bases adding up to dozen others in the Region.
More than 40 villages have been evacuated in Darkar and Batifa towns in Zakho district of Duhok fearing Turkey's bombardments, an official previously told Zhyan. Four civilians have been wounded in the Turkish operations as well.