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Turkish jets bomb alleged PKK positions in Shingal, Makhmour

By Rudaw 13/12/2018
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Turkish jets conducted airstrikes against alleged PKK targets in the Shingal and Qarachogh mountains, Turkey’s Defence Ministry announced on Thursday evening. 

The ministry claimed the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and People’s Protection Units (YPG) were using the sites as bases and argued they were acting in self-defence. 

The mayor of Shingal confirmed the strike, and said the extent of the damage is not immediately known. 

“Turkish military jets bombarded the west side of Mount Shingal. The targets were Bara and some other areas, but the damages are unknown as of now,” Mayor Mahma Khalil told Rudaw.

He condemned the strikes on the Yezidi heartland that is struggling to recover from the genocide committed by ISIS. 

“Shingal needs stability,” he said. “And the airstrikes are at a time when we are busy with our religious ceremonies.” 

Yezidis are currently celebrating a festival marked by days of fasting and spending time praying and connecting with neighbours. 

Media close to the PKK confirmed the strike in Makhmour. Furat News Agency said the Martyr Rustam Cudi compound was hit at around 9pm. 

There is a refugee camp in Makhmour, hosting more than 12,000 Kurds who fled Turkish state persecution, mostly in the 1990s. An armed force established to protect the camp when ISIS militants attacked the area is believed to have ties to the PKK. 

Makhmour mayor said they have not been able to contact the camp. 

“According to the information we have received, a large sound in the camp has been heard, and we have lost contact with the camp. The Makhmour police station has tried to contact the camp, but they weren’t able to,” Mayor Rizgar Mohammed told Rudaw. 

He added they do not immediately know the extent of any damage. 

In June, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called the refugee camp a “breeding ground” for terrorists and threatened action.

A deadly explosion in the camp a year ago killed three. 

A commander of local PKK forces in the Shingal area, Zaki Shingali, was killed in a Turkish airstrike in August. 

"How can Iraq be a state and have sovereignty, but not be able to protect its borders?” asked Naqib Shukr, the mayor of the Shingal district Giruzzer. 

His district was not hit by the airstrikes on Thursday, but he called on Baghdad to "protect its land and borders from all international violations."

Updated at 11:12 pm


Hama | 13/12/2018
This is the direct consequence of PKK's unilateral decision to fight Turkey from within KRG without approval from local kurds and elected KRG officials. PKK won't fight Turkey from Rojava but they have no problem jeopardizing KRG because they didn't spend 100 years building it. PKK are the most unbelievably rude guests you can ever imagine. Not only do they enter your home and put their feet on your table, they also fight other people from your home without your approval and bring people knocking on your door. At the same time they won't go to their brothers house because they don't want to create problems for him and if you ever try to enter their home they will refuse to let you in. This is an analogy to PKK and direct lines can be drawn from this and to their behavior in KRG. If we don't stop PKK they will destroy our region the same way they destroyed Afrin. It's as simple as that. They don't care about Kurdistan they only care about their socialist agenda. Kick all PKK to Rojava and ban them from KRG like how they ban us from Rojava. They have no right to be in KRG when they don't follow orders from KRG.
Suicidal war | 14/12/2018
The top PKK leaders are indeed Turkey 's secret strategists who, in real time, inform the Turkish aire force about the exact location of the Kurdish fighters. The Kurdish youth must understand this evidence and stop this suicidal war whose only victims are Kurds. The Kurds are caught in a trap, a génocide war. Turkey commands the PKK
Muraz Adzhoev | 15/12/2018
Turkish jets are bombing PKK positions in Shingal and Makhmour, and PKK is using burials for killed Kurds their just only in favor of the political and ideological propaganda of “Apoism”, which has absolutely nothing to do with the national and patriotic struggle of the Kurdish people for self-determination and sovereign independence of Kurdistan. This is PKK’s clearly immoral and cynical hypocrisy towards the victims.
Mahmoud | 15/12/2018
One hopes the PKK will be able to strike back hard in Turkey's cities. It's high time we watched Ankara burn.
Kurdi | 15/12/2018
Pkk is wild dog out side turky ,rat inside it

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