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Turkish drone strikes YBS vehicle near Sinjar’s Sardasht IDP camp

  2021-06-30  | 
 Zhyan News Network
The aftermath of a Turkish drone strike targeting a vehicle believed belonging to Sinjar Resistance Units (YBS) in Sardasht camp for internally displaced Ezidis in Sinajr mountains, Iraq, June 30, 2021 - Photo by ANF
 Zhyan News Network


SULAIMANI – A Turkish unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) bombed a vehicle belonging to the Sinjar Resistance Units (YBS) in Sardasht camp for internally displaced Ezidis in Sinjar countryside on Wednesday (June 30).

The Turkish strike targeted a vehicle in the vicinity of the Sehid Naze camp on the Sardasht plateau in the Sinjar mountains, ANF news agency affiliated with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) said.

There was no reported casualty despite minor damage to the vehicle, the media outlet claimed, noting the Turkish reconnaissance flights were flying over the region, according to the PKK media outlet.

Turkey accuses the YBS of being an affiliate to the PKK. 

PKK is a Kurdish opposition group that has started an armed struggle against the Turkish authorities, calling for Kurds’ and other minorities’ cultural rights in Turkey. It is based in the Kurdistan Region’s mountainous area. 

The YBS is a militia group formed mainly from the Ezidi community with roots dates back to 2007. It fought Islamic State (ISIS) after the latter took the helm of swathes of land in Ezidi-majority Sinjar district and surroundings. 

Located in Sinjar mountains, hundreds of thousands of Ezidis and other locals found shelters in the area in 2014 when the ISIS insurgents attacked the district and launched a campaign of massacre. The IDP camp houses 550 Ezidi families. 

This is not the first time the YBS was bombed by Turkish airstrikes. 

In January 2020, four YBS commander and three fighters were killed. On August 15, 2018, Yazidi politician Zeki Sengalî, a member of the Shengal Yezidi Coordination and the KCK Executive Council, was killed by a Turkish drone, reported the ANF. 

Since April 23, Turkey has launched an extensive air and land military operation in the Kurdistan Region, more notably focused on the border areas in Duhok governorate that left many villages evacuated and killed at least a civilian and injured four others.

(Zhyan English)