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Turkish warplanes bomb Mount Asos in Sulaimani’s Sharbazher

  2021-05-08  | 
 Zhyan News Network
File Photo – Smoke billows after Turkish warplanes bombed Balos mountain near Qamish village in Mawat district, Sulaimani, Kurdistan Region, Iraq, August 2020. File Photo Curtesy of Social Media
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – Turkish warplanes bombed several areas in Sharbazher district in northeast of Sulaimani at around 10:10 am on Saturday (May 8) without causing casualties and considerable material damage, said an official.

Mawat District Mayor Kamaran Hassan told Zhyan News Network that the Turkish fighter jets bombed Asos mountain in Khiroli Kani Kner and Kalki Shelanan in the peripheries of Galala village.

There was no reported casualty from the airstrike. However, some farmers were working at their orchards and gardens nearby the airstrike, Hassan said.

“People in our area do not want their boundary becomes a battleground for war and unjustified airstrike,” he said.

In 2017, the Turkish warplanes bombed the suspected sites of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) man times, the official added. 

In June 2020. two civilians were killed and six others were wounded in a Turkish airstrike targeting vehicle belonging to the PKK-affiliated Kurdistan Free Life Party (PJAK) fighters in Kani Masi resort in north of Sulaimani.

The airstrike came at a time when Turkey has started an operation against PKK members in Duhok’s border areas over two weeks ago and erected at least four new military bases adding up to almost forty others in the Kurdistan Region. 

Zhyan recently  interviewed residents of Kani Masi who feared the airstrikes reached the residential areas. The residents of Kesta village have vacated their homes due to ongoing Turkey's artillery fires and airstrikes and clashes with the PKK members. 

Also on Saturday evening, the Turkish army shelled Zinar Kesta near predominantly Christian village of Chalke in Kani Masi sub-district.
Judi Audishu, a resident of Chalke, said that the Turkish artillery fired fifteen mortar shells at the PKK sites.

Turkey’s airstrike and shelling are almost a daily recurrence in the Kurdistan Region, more notably in the border areas. It launches cross-border operations every now and then.

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 previous cross-border operation in 2020. 

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).

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.

(Zhyan English)

*This story was updated at 08:45 EBL on Saturday (May 8)