AMEDI, Kurdistan Region – Civilians in villages near the Kurdistan Region border with Turkey live under the threat of Turkish bombs aimed at the PKK.
In the village of Barchi, residents say their lives are in danger. Their windows are smashed by exploding bombs and they find shrapnel in their yards.
“While we were sleeping last night, suddenly we heard a loud sound and the window shattered, hitting our family. My children were sleeping under the blanket and I was awake. We were scared by the sound. My family members woke up several times and they were shouting,” said one mother.
“I was outside and suddenly heard the sound of an explosion in our home. I saw smoke rise into the sky. We came out shouting. I have a daughter with an illness. We found this fragment in our home. If it hit her, it could kill her, or she might be badly injured,” said another.
Turkey frequently carries out airstrikes against alleged PKK positions in the mountains of northern Kurdistan Region. Almost every day, Turkish Armed Forces report striking alleged PKK militants, their positions, and equipment.
In the past week, the army claimed to have “neutralized” – meaning killed, wounded, or otherwise removed from the battlefield – 124 PKK fighters in Turkey and northern Iraq.
But civilians living in these mountains get caught in the line of fire. There have been several civilian deaths.
The government said it will compensate the families affected by Turkish bombs.
“We visited the village. We were there for two hours, visiting all the damaged houses. Some of the windows were broken and we will compensate them,” said Deraluk Mayor Sami Gurgis.
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said they will not stop until they fully eliminate the threat of the PKK.