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Turkey continues bombing areas in Duhok’s Mount Kesta

  2021-04-30  | 
 Zhyan News Network
File Photo - Smoke rises after the Turkish warplanes bombed an area in the Kurdistan Region, Iraq.
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – Turkish warplanes bombed the mountainous areas Kesta villages in Kani Masi sub-district northeast of Duhok earlier on Friday (April 30).

Zhyan News Network has learned that the Turkish army has installed two bases in Mala Rade and Kesta mountain range areas.

On Friday, the Turkish defense ministry said two of its soldiers were killed after being wounded by “a guided anti-tank gun” in clashes with the PKK in northern Duhok governorate, according to state media Anadolu Agency (AA). 

On Thursday, a source within the PKK told Zhyan that Turkey had used poisonous gas in conformations with their forces. 

On April 23, 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 at least four deaths within its ranks, while Turkey has claimed five deaths within its ranks. Zhyan News Network could not verify the actual casualties.  

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)