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Soldier killed, two wounded in clashes with PKK in Duhok: ministry

  2021-04-29  | 
 Zhyan News Network
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – A Turkish soldier was killed and two others were wounded after the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) attacked a base occupied by the Turkish troops in a border area in the Kurdistan Region’s northern Duhok governorate, the Turkish defense ministry said on Wednesday (April 28).

"One of our heroic soldiers was martyred and two others were wounded in an attack on our base area in the Claw-Lightning Operation area by a terrorist organization with an anti-tank gun,” the Turkish ministry said, according to Medyabar news agency. 

On Friday, Turkey launched a cross-border land and air operation codenamed Operation Claw-Lightning and Claw-Thunderbolt in PKK-controlled Duhok’s Avasin, Metina  and Zap areas in northern Duhok governorate.

Both PKK and Turkey have claimed inflicting a large number of casualties on each other’s sides.

The PKK has announced four deaths within its ranks, while Turkey has claimed four deaths within its ranks.

No civilian casualties have been reported so far since the new Turkish push began, but at least thirteen civilians were killed in the Turkish airstrikes in Ankara’s previously cross-border operation. 

On Sunday, Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT), a nonprofit working on human rights abuses in the Kurdistan Region, said that 60 families had been displaced from their homes in Kani Mase in the first day of the Turkish operation.

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.

(Zhyan English)