“There have been several times that the PKK has fired at the Peshmerga. Peshmerga is the protector of the Kurdistan Region and reserves the right to protect the Region wherever on the soils of the Kurdistan Region,” Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Jamal Eminki said.
Several villages have been evacuated due to conflicts between Turkey and the PKK, Eminki added. “The PKK does not respect the soil of the Kurdistan Region and has become a cause for the Turkish army to breach the border.”
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.
The PKK has not commented on incident as of reporting time, but it accused the
KDP of military buildups near its bases on Mount Matin with the help of the Turkish army and the Iraqi border guards.
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.
The KDP enjoys close political, military and economic relations with Turkey.
The PKK-Turkey conflict has pitted the KDP against the PKK.
Relations between the KDP and the PKK deteriorated after six
Peshmerga members affiliated with the KDP were killed in two separate incidents in early June.
Turkey's bombardments are almost a daily occurrence in the Kurdistan Region's northern border areas. It has come under scrutiny for the lengthy operation and deforestation in the restive 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.