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Turkish airstrikes hit two suspected PKK vehicles in Duhok

  2021-05-21  | 
 Zhyan News Network
A vehicle suspected to belong to the PKK torched in Turkish airstrikes in Duhok on May 20, 2021. Photo/Social Media
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – Turkish warplanes late on Thursday (May 20) targeted two vehicles with suspected fighters of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) on board in airstrikes in Duhok's Amedi district. The number of casualties is unknown so far.

Reporter of Zhyan News Network said possible casualties from the airstrikes and a source said on condition of anonymity that all the passengers on board of the vehicles have died.

The incident occurred near the village of Dulya in Kani Masi’s Mangeshke area, where the PKK has a presence and has been a site of clashes between the group and Turkish military forces.

Since April 23, Turkey has started an operation against PKK members in Duhok’s border areas and erected at least four new military bases adding up to almost forty others in the Kurdistan Region.

Almost the entire orchards and groves in Kesta, Chalke and the peripheries of Hirure villages in Kani Masi sub-district northwest of Duhok have been destroyed due to clashes between the PKK and the Turkish army.

Kesta and Chalke villages are void of residents after being vacated recently amid fear of Turkey’s ongoing artillery fires and airstrikes.

PKK has started an armed struggle for Kurdish cultural rights against the Turkish authorities since 1984. It is headquartered in the Kurdistan Region’s mountainous areas. 

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.

(Zhyan English)