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Turkey shells Duhok’s Batifa outskirts 3 times in less than 24 hours

  2021-04-23  | 
 Zhyan News Network
Smoke billows after Turkish army shelled a mountainous area in Batifa sub-district, Duhok, April 22,2021. Photo by Zhyan News Network
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – Turkish artillery shelled the peripheries of Batifa sub-district northeast of Duhok three times in less than the past 24 hours starting around 10:00 pm on Thursday (April 22).

Witnesses told Zhyan News Network that that the Turkish army fired two mortar shells to the direction of Kahnia village. There were no reported casualties and the material damage is not yet known due to the intensity of the shelling. 

Khalid Muhamad, a resident in Batifa, told Zhyan News Network on Thursday that the Turkish army shelled the sites of the the Kurdistan Workers’ (PKK) in Sile, Kashan and Nizore villages around 10:00 pm last night.

“The shelling continued for fifteen minutes and the Turkish warplanes were flying at a low altitude in the area,” Muhammad added.

Turkey’s airstrike and shelling are almost a daily recurrence in the Kurdistan Region, more notably in the border areas. 

On Friday, the Turkish warplanes bombed the suspected PKK positions in Matin mountain range in Amedi district three times starting around 09:00 am. 

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 5,311 lives on both sides in Turkey and the Kurdistan Region, including 541 civilians, 1,279 Turkish state security members, 226 individuals of unknown affiliation and 3,265 PKK members, according to the latest data by the Belgium-based International Crisis Group.

Based in the Region’s mountainous areas, PKK has taken up arms against the Turkish authorities since 1978 for Kurdish rights in the country.

(Zhyan English)

*This story was updated at 05:29 EBL on Friday (April 23)