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Farmer wounded in Turkey’s fires in Duhok’s Barwari Bala

  2021-07-08  | 
 Zhyan News Network
A view of Hrure village in Barwari Bala area of Amedi district, northeast of Duhok, Kurdistan Region, Iraq, June 3, 2021. Photo by Mehvan Mecid/ Zhyan News Network
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – A civilian was wounded when the Turkish army shelled several areas in Hirure village in Barwari Bala area, northeast of Duhok on Wednesday (July 7), an official said, noting the shelling has cut off electricity in the village. 

The casualty, Haji Abdulla, a farmer in the village, was working when the Turkish army shelling targeted his orchard, Omar Kamil, the Mukhtar (chief) of the village, told Zhyan News Network. 

“The person was taken to hospital for treatment. He is in stable condition now,” Kamil said.

Zhyan reporter in Amedi a large swathe of agricultural lands such as orchards and groves have been burned due to artillery fires and airstrikes by the Turkish army.

Since April 23, Turkey has launched a fresh cross-border land and air military operation called "Claw-Lightning and Claw-Thunderbolt" against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in the mountainous areas in northern Duhok. 

A civilian has been killed and at least five others have been wounded in the Turkish airstrikes and fires, as well as Turkey has erected several new military bases adding up to almost forty others in the Kurdistan Region.

PKK is an armed Kurdish opposition group that has waged a decades-long insurgency against the Turkish authority, calling for Kurds’ cultural rights in Turkey. It is headquartered in the Kurdistan Region's Qandil mountain range.

Several villages have been evacuated due to Turkey's airstrikes, artillery fires and clashes with the PKK. 

Besides bombing agricultural lands, Turkish military forces come into villages to set fire to orchards during the night in Barwari Bala, the Christian Peacemaking Team in the Iraqi Kurdistan (CPT-IK), a war monitor, said earlier this month.

More than 10,000 dunams of agricultural lands have been torched in the Turkish artillery fires and airstrikes in Barwari Bala, the CPT-IK said. 

At least thirteen people were killed in a Turkish operation dubbed "Claw-Eagle” through 2020. 

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 on June 2.

Turkey has also come under scrutiny for deforestation in the Kurdish border areas. 

(Zhyan English)