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Kurdish group confirms civilians killed in Turkey's Qandil airstrikes

By Rudaw 1/8/2015
Image of a truck destroyed by Turkish airstrikes on the village of Zargali. Photo: Rudaw.
Image of a truck destroyed by Turkish airstrikes on the village of Zargali. Photo: Rudaw.
QANDIL, Kurdistan Region – A parliamentary human rights committee from the Kurdistan region on Saturday visited the recent bombed Zargali village on the outskirts of Qandil Mountain and confirmed the deaths of civilians from the latest wave of Turksih airstrikes meant to target fighters with the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

The visiting group included Soran Omer, chairman of the committee, and committee members Umed Hama Ali and Bestun Faiq.

“We went there in order to assess the damages of the Turkish strikes in Zaragali village on the outskirt of Qandil Mountains,” said Faiq. “In addition to property damages, nine people were killed and 10 injured. We also found out that a number of the martyrs were civilians.”

The team was told to leave the area due to fear of new airstrikes, said Faiq.

“We left the village after the warning,” added Faiq. The team will write a report about their findings upon their return to Erbil.

A Rudaw reporter at the scene said that two of people killed in the bombing were members of the PKK. 

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Kandil | 1/8/2015
How can Turkey attack a sovereign nation, and what will NATO do if Turkey is airstriked in return? what goes around comes around
Complicated Reality | 1/8/2015
pkk should not mix with civilian areas... everyone, the turks and pkk, should leave civilians out of this
Francis.GR | 1/8/2015
If, as UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, I accept Prime Minister Davutoglu's Big Lie of self-défense, then I must say nothing about the killing of those civilians. Self-defense is the magical excuse. Thus, along with Mr Davutoglu & Ban Ki-moon, I'll have to convince myself that if the pilots had not killed those people, they certainly would have been killed in return fire! What a fight those pilots must have put! The bigger the Lie, the more you repeat it, the more people will believe it.
KPPK | 1/8/2015
PKK should hide among civilians. the problem is that PKK members go to those villages for food and other needs and those villagers are afraid of not allowing these thugs to hide amon villagers
Turkish Muslim | 2/8/2015
@Kandil Iraq can't do anything against NATO power Turkey. Iraq is busy fighting with IS. Turkey can bomb simply anywhere in Iraq/Syria it wants , both states are weakened badly because of the war. Turkey is fighting the PKK. The PKK is insect compared to ISIS. For us it's not so hard to fight against the PKK. Especially in the current situation in which IS is also fighting the PKK in north Syria/north Iraq.

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