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Turkey's Hulusi Akar visits military base in Kurdistan Region

  2021-05-02  | 
 Zhyan News Network
Turkey’s defense minister Hulusi Akar toured a Turkish military base in the Kurdistan Region on May 1, 2021. Photo/Turkish defense ministry
 Zhyan News Network


SULAIMANI – Turkey’s defense minister Hulusi Akar toured a Turkish military base in the Kurdistan Region on Saturday (May 1) to salute soldiers amid ongoing operations against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

Akar was accompanied by Chief of the General Staff Yasar Guler and Land Forces Commander Umit Dundar in his visit to the Biliç Tepe Base area, according to a statement released by the ministry on Sunday (May 2).

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).

(Zhyan English)