Smoke rising from a Turkish airstrike in the village of Sarginel, Sulaimani province on November 26, 2019. Photo by Shaho Qandili
SULAIMANI – Three areas in Duhok’s Shiladze district came under attack of Turkish warplanes on Saturday (March 13).
The Turkish army launched airstrikes in Matina Mountain, Bisape village and Kukaray area in Shiladze on justification of the presence of Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), a local source told Zhyan News Network.
No casualties reported, but the airstrikes often cause damage to agricultural lands, residences, power infrastructure, and road infrastructure.
Turkish warplanes regularly conduct airstrikes against suspected positions of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in the Kurdistan Region, damaging civilian houses and causing panic among residents on the borders.
Cross-border land and air violations by Turkey has tripled on a daily average since 2017, according to records submitted by Iraq to the UN Security Council (UNSC).
Both Iraqi Government and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) have called on Turkey and PKK to take their fight to somewhere else.
Since July 20, 2015, the conflict between Turkish security forces and the PKK has claimed more than 5,285 lives on both sides in Turkey and the Kurdistan Region, including 541 civilians, 1,282 Turkish state security members, 226 individuals of unknown affiliation and 3,237 PKK members, according to the latest data by the Belgium-based International Crisis Group.
PKK has taken up arms against the Turkish authorities since 1978 for Kurdish rights in the country.