SULAIMANI – Six Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) fighters were killed in airstrikes by Turkish warplanes in Avashin region in the Kurdistan Region, the military wing of the PKK said on Saturday (May 22).
The six were killed in
aerial bombings in Mamreşo in Duhok governorate’s Shiladze sub-district, the press center of the People's Defense Forces (HPG) said in a statement.
Unidentified number of PKK members was also killed in
an airstrike targeting two vehicles belonging to the PKK in Duhok's Amedi district on Thursday.
Turkey has announced the death of at least nine soldiers so far. However, each party claims inflicting huge number of casualties on the other.
Zhyan News Network could not verify the actual numbers.
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.
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.
Kesta and Chalke villages are almost void
of residents amid fear of ongoing airstrikes and artillery fires by Turkey.
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.