SULAIMANI – Turkish military troops on Saturday (April 24) invaded strategic Mount Zinar in Amedi’s Kesta area in a fresh operation against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in the Kurdistan Region.
Turkish forces rappelled into the area in Duhok province from Sikorsky helicopters and targeted suspected PKK position by intense shelling and bombardment.
PKK suspected positions in Duhok’s Avashin, Metina, Bedwae, Shahid Munzur, Nerwa and Kni Nisha-Zap came under intense Turkish bombardment, according to media affiliated with the group.
Turkey’s airstrike and shelling are almost a daily recurrence in the Kurdistan Region, more notably in the border areas.
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.