Smoke rises from a reported Turkish airstrike on Mount Matin, Amedi, on Sunday morning. Photo: Rudaw
AMEDI, Kurdistan Region – Turkish fighter jets bombed the hillsides near Amedi town, in Duhok province on Sunday for the third time this week, sparking fires in the area.
“Turkish planes on Sunday before noon bombed Mount Matin and Kani Zarke near Bari Sile, which belongs to the town of Amedi. We don’t know of any casualties yet,” Isam Guharzi, a resident of Amedi, told Rudaw.
The Amedi area is located about 70 kilometres north of Erbil.
Another local resident confirmed the bombings on Sunday.
“Turkish jets bombed Gali Sargale, the villages of Barche and Kurku, and Kani Zarke in the area of Nihele which belongs to the town of Amedi,” said Fayaq Bilavaye.
Turkey frequently carries out air raids on alleged positions of the PKK in the Kurdistan Region. Earlier this year, Turkey launched a ground operation aiming for the PKK’s Qandil mountains headquarters.
The Turkish strikes have killed a number of civilians, forced farmers and shepherds off their lands, and caused fires.
“Turkish planes bombed areas around Amedi two other times this week,” said Sarbast Akraye, mayor of Kani Masi.
A resulting fire burned for a week, he added.
Details of casualties or damage from Sunday's strikes are not immediately available.