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Turkey fires about 20 artillery shells at villages in Duhok’s Zakho

  2021-07-11  | 
 Zhyan News Network
Smoke billows after Turkish warplanes bombed Kurazhar mountain in Shiladze sub-district northeast of Duhok, Kurdistan Region, Iraq, July 11, 2021. Photo by Zhyan News Network/ Screenshot
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – Turkish army has fired around twenty mortar shells at the peripheries of Upper Sharansha and Lower Sharansha villages in Zakho district north of Duhok since Saturday (July 10), a source said, as Turkey’s military operations is ongoing in the Kurdistan Region’s northern Duhok governorate. 

The shelling started around 10:00 am that has damaged many orchards and groves, Siraj Salih, a resident in Darkar sub-district told Zhyan News Network. 

On Sunday morning, the Turkish warplanes bombed Kurazhar mountain in Amedi district.

Fire has been raging in eight villages in Nahla region in Akre district for three days due to clashes between the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the Turkish army, a resident, who asked not to be named, told Zhyan.

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.

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. 

Turkey's bombardments are almost a daily occurrence in the Kurdistan Region's northern border areas.

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.

(Zhyan English)