SULAIMANI - Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar and high Turkish military officials arrived on Saturday (February 13) in Sirnak near the border to oversee newly launched operation of "Tiger Claw" in the Kurdistan Region's Gara mountain.
According to Turkish state media, after they were received by Sirnak governor, Turkish Defense Minister and other military officials headed to the border.
Turkish warplanes have intensified airstrikes against suspected positions of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in the Kurdistan Region as part of “Claw-Tiger 2” operation, damaging civilian houses and causing fear among residents on the border.
Amid intensified airstrikes, Turkish Defense Ministry has announced deployment of Turkish soldiers to Gara mountain “in an aim to protect national security.”
Turkish and Iranian military attacks in the Kurdistan Region have often failed to take adequate precautions to minimize civilian casualties, this has cost the lives of hundreds of Kurdish residents from border areas.
Families of people who were killed in Turkish and Iranian airstrikes met on February 8 with the Kurdistan Parliament presidency, asking to be compensated.
Families of the victims demanded to be financially compensated for the damages inflicted to their properties and asked to recognize their loved ones who have died in airstrikes as “martyrs.”
In a letter to the parliament, families of the victims called for an end to the airstrikes which have killed hundreds of locals’ livestock and led to large areas of burned lands used by farmers for agriculture.
Rewaz Fayaq, Kurdistan Parliament Speaker expressed her support for their demands and said “the government must take into account the livelihood and safety of the residents near the border.”