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Kurdish villagers driven off their mountainsides by Turkish airstrikes

By Rudaw 15/2/2019
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DINARTA, Kurdistan Region – Residents of 12 villages in the Akre area of Duhok province have fled their homes in the past two months because of Turkish airstrikes. 

Jameel Mustafa has been raising livestock in Kavilka village for 45 years. But he had to flee two months ago.

“We’re now displaced. Because of the Turkish airstrikes we are displaced. If there are no airstrikes, we will live our life. We left our animal feed and houses. We left everything,” he said. 

The farmers are worried about caring for their animals, having abandoned their winter feed stocks when they fled. Some 1,500 – 2,000 sheep and 200 – 300 cows are affected, said Shaaban Khalil, the head of Dinarta subdistrict where Mustafa’s village is located. 

Turkey frequently conducts airstrikes against alleged PKK positions in the Kurdistan Region’s mountains. The bombs have driven hundreds of people from their homes and destroyed fields and forests. 

Dozens of civilians have been killed, including six in the past month. The bodies of two still have not been recovered. 

Iraq filed a formal complaint against Turkey at the UN Security Council this week. 

Locals in nearby Shiladze stormed a Turkish base in January. They are angry with Turkey and the PKK for bringing the conflict into the Kurdistan Region, and with the government in Erbil for failing to protect them. 


Reporting by Naif Ramadan

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Pakistani | 16/2/2019
Turkey is a terrorist state , has been killing innocent Kurds for ages ....
parasitePKK | 17/2/2019
As long as the PKK is there Turkey has the right to defend themselves. PKK is a parasite against the Kurds.
Mohamedzzz | 17/2/2019
Kurds fought on behalf of other powers, now is the time to fight Turkey for their independence, without the Kurds there can't be peace in the whole area, resolve of the Kurds is key to make Western powers trust in Kurds, Vietnam won the war against a superpower like US, mediocrity can bury Kurds for another 100, 200, or 500 years of humiliation and suffering.
Kurdperwer | 17/2/2019
turkey is a terrorist state long live Kurdistan long live pkk
mehmet | 17/2/2019
The question is where did those air strikes take place in village? no it happened in areas where The pkk is present.There is cause that cause is pkk. Pkk is train your lands and go to in turkey.They kill soldiers and innocent people.
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