Turkey bombs PKK in Qandil villages

Turkish warplanes bombarded alleged Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) targetted several villages near the Qandil mountains in Kurdistan Region.

SORAN, Kurdistan Region (K24) - Turkish warplanes bombarded several alleged PKK targets Wednesday night into Thursday morning near the Qandil mountain range in Kurdistan Region.

Turkey has been staging aerial bombing campaigns against PKK targets inside its borders and in Kurdistan Region since summer 2015 when a ceasefire between the two warring sides collapsed.

The mountain range is 80 kilometers (50 miles) northeast of the Regional capital, Erbil.

A K24 correspondent in Soran District in Erbil Province said that Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) targets near the villages of Sargeli, Bokriskan, Endza, Bola, Lawdje, Sela and Zargeli came under attack.

The correspondent said there were no initial reports of civilian loss of life but in the village of Lawdje, at least three houses were destroyed, and many livestock were killed.

PKK spokespersons could not be reached for comment at the time of publishing.

Additionally, there was no statement regarding the latest airstrikes on the website of the General Staff of the Turkish Armed Forces.

It should be noted that K24 Diyarbakir reported intermittent sounds of war jets taking off from Diyarbakir Airport Wednesday evening.

Last August, a Turkish air attack killed eight civilians, including a pregnant woman in Zargeli where Turkey claimed there is a PKK camp.

At the time, President of Kurdistan Region Masoud Barzani condemned the attack and called for restraint and dialogue between PKK and the Turkish government.

The renewed conflict has cost hundreds of lives on both sides, including many civilians and children.

Spillover from the fighting into Kurdistan Region has led to the desertion of several villages.

Last month, residents of Sharanish, an Assyrian-Christian village in Duhok Province all left their homes in the aftermath of several Turkish air strikes, which destroyed the village's electric and water distributors.

Editing by Benjamin Kweskin
(Tayfour Muhammad and Hesen Kako contributed to this report from Soran and Diyarbakir)