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Turkey artillery shells tourist site in Duhok’s Batifa

  2021-03-21  | 
 Zhyan News Network
File Photo -A column of smoke billows after Turkish warplanes bomb an area in the Kurdistan Region, Iraq (File)
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – Turkey’s artillery shelled a tourist site in Batifa district in Duhok governorate on Sunday (March 21).

The Turkish army shelled Banke Khwaru village in the district that targeted an area containing a large number of tourists, Zhyan News Network reporter said.

Tens of families left the scene due to the shelling, while many others have stuck in the area, the reported added.

Turkish warplanes and artillery regularly bombs and shell the 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.

(Zhyan English)