Turkey targets civilians in the Kurdistan Region

Turkish warplanes continue bombing the mountains of the Kurdistan Region near the country’s border.

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan24) – Turkish warplanes continue bombing the mountains of the Kurdistan Region near the country’s border.

In the past few days, Turkish warplanes yet again bombed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) positions in Qandil Mountain and some other areas in the Kurdistan Region, damaging civilians’ and public property. The casualties among the PKK are unknown.

On May 7, the Russian Foreign Ministry expressed its country’s position on the Turkish bombardment in a press conference, “Turkey is always violating the Iraqi borders in the name of fighting the PKK, an outlawed organization by Ankara.”

A source in the Russian Foreign Ministry told Kurdistan24, “Turkey claims that the airstrikes are to target PKK positions stationed in the area, but such attacks result in casualties among the civilians.”

“Turkey's actions are the same within its borders in their military operations against the PKK. Civilians have been killed in the attacks,” the source added.

In early April, Turkish airstrikes targeting PKK bases in northern Kurdistan Region forced the evacuation of 100 villages, a Kurdish official said.

The attacks are ongoing. The Mayor of the town of Sidakan, Karwan Karimkhan, told Kurdistan24 that the evacuation of Kurdish villages continues as Turkey keeps shelling regardless of the civilian and property damage.

Kurdish areas in Turkey’s southeast have been scorched by violence since a ceasefire between the PKK and the government collapsed in July 2015. Round-the-clock curfews have been imposed by the government in parts of the southeast.

 

Reporting by Baxtiyar Goran
Editing by Ava Homa and Karzan Sulaivany