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Turkish airstrikes on Duhok farmland drive away villagers

By Rudaw 8/7/2018
Fires destroy crops and animal feed in Duhok countryside. Photo: Rudaw video
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Turkish air force strikes on suspected Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) positions in the mountainous north of Duhok Governorate are setting fire to crops, causing many village communities to leave for the cities. 

Lands surrounding Ozmana village, part of Doski tribal territory, have been subjected to bombardment twice since 1991 resulting in fires.

“As you can see the bombardment has had huge consequences,” Salim Zahir, a resident of Navishke village, told Rudaw.

“It burns the crops and animals’ food. What shall this people do? If it continues like this, I believe people will not endure it. This is not in the interest of the PKK or Turkey.”

There are more than 260 villages in both Mangesh and Zawita districts. Many are just 40 kilometers away from the center of Duhok city.

“I hope there are no threats in Nihel, Nerwe, Rekan and Bare Gare regions so that people can have a normal life. This threat may even reach the center of Duhok. It is like a neighborhood in Duhok,” Ahmed Haji Ahmed, a local farmer, told Rudaw. 

Jalal Ozmani, a villager, has closely observed the bombardment of Ozmana, Navishke, and Ashane villages.

“I came out to the street and noticed where the missile targeted. When it exploded the ground shook and I thought that the shop was collapsed due to the strength of the explosion. Many kids abandoned the place but I did not,” he told Rudaw.

There have been constant clashed between Turkey and the PKK for more than three years. The victims are the inhabitants of bordering area between the Kurdistan Region and Turkey.


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pre-Boomer Marine brat | 9/7/2018
Is it possible that the PKK has moved out, and the TAF is attacking in order to appear like it's "doing something"? ... If the PKK were to de-camp to Tahiti, Erdogan would insist that the Turkish military keep up appearances. The "presence of an enemy" is vital to Erdogan's political tactics. It's the reason he ended the peace "process" three years ago.
Hama | 9/7/2018
PKK need to fuck off and stop causing war in KRG. We have NEVER had a war with Turkey. Why are they spreading their war into our region now? PKK chose war over democracy and civil disobedience as means to improve kurdish rights. HDP chose democracy while PKK chose war and terrorism. They cannot do this while on our terrtory. We've allowed PKK in Qandil as long as they are peaceful. But when they declare war on Turkey and attack Turkey from KRG it's no surprise Turkey will invade. This has to stop. We seriously need to get rid of them if they don't stop waging war and terrorism. By engaging in war with Turkey and carrying out terrorist attacks from within KRG, PKK is jeopoedizing the entire security of KRG. Without Turkey our borde rwill be closed and we will be surrounded by Baghdad. Bye bye autonomy
Azad | 9/7/2018
Until the PKK is gone there'll be no peace for the Kurds, I hope the PKK gets destroyed.
anon | 9/7/2018
@Hama @Azad You are both retards, even without the pkk the turks would find any excuse to kill kurds. PKK is just a scapegoat to attack kurds.
Kurdi Turkiya | 10/7/2018
@anon And you are the clever guy? Just make a simple search how PKK bastards destroyed the rights of Kurds gained after 2015 elections in Turkish Parliament by terrorizing the cities, and street fighting? For the first time since Ottoman Empire, Kurds in Turkey had the chance to establish the political group in the parliament with 80 MP, and over 6M (13+%) votes all over Turkey. You have called these guys Hama and Azad as retards but just check the mirror to see a real fucking bastard's reflection.

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