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Turkish troops patrol strategic Mount Kesta in Duhok: official

  2021-04-25  | 
 Zhyan News Network
Smoke rising from Mount Kesta in Duhok after Turkish airstrikes.
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – Turkey has deployed several troops to Duhok’s Mount Kesta after a military incursion into the area boosting operations against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in the Kurdistan Region.

The director of Kani Mase sub-district in Amedi, Sarbast Akray told Zhyan News Network, Turkish warplanes are flying over Mount Kesta launching airstrikes against suspected PKK positions.

According to Akray Turkish soldiers have penetrated more nine kilometers into the Kurdistan Region’s territory and they have been detected patrolling the mountain.

Media outlets affiliated with the PKK accused Turkey on Saturday (April 24) of invading strategic Mount Kesta, or Mount Zinar, in Amedi’s Kesta area in a fresh operation.

Turkish forces reportedly rappelled into the area in Duhok province from Sikorsky helicopters and targeted suspected PKK positions 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).

(Zhyan English)