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Ibrahim Khalil border crossing closed by Turkey

By Rudaw 7/9/2015
A picture of Monday's crowd near the Kurdish city of Cizre in Turkey. Rudaw photo.
A picture of Monday's crowd near the Kurdish city of Cizre in Turkey. Rudaw photo.

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — Turkish military operations against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in the Kurdish cities of Turkey after an attack on Sunday have impeded the return of hundreds of people from the Kurdistan region of Iraq, said a witness at the scene, adding that “nobody knows when they will lift the military curfew on the vehicles and cars on their route towards the Ibrahim Khalil border crossing."
“Today, at around 3 pm, while we were on the way returning to the Kurdistan region, close to the Midiyat intersection in the Kurdish city of Cizre, Turkish soldiers halted us, and did not let us return,” Khalid Gardi, a Kurdish cleric from the Kurdistan region who was among the halted people, told Rudaw.
“To represent the crowd of people, I talked to the Turkish soldiers, and they said they were ordered by an upper authority to implement a curfew until further notice to protect the safety of tourists,” Gardi added.
According to other witnesses at the site of the crowd, some 500 trucks, vehicles and cars with Erbil, Sulaimani and Duhok license plates have been stopped. All these cars were on their way from the Turkish and Kurdish cities of Turkey to the Kurdistan region attempting to enter Iraqi Kurdistan.
Several Turkish soldiers were killed or wounded Sunday by roadside bombs blamed on the PKK in Turkey’s Kurdish Hakkari province.
The attack took place in the town of Daglica in the Yuksekova district on Sunday evening. The bombs reportedly went off near two Turkish military vehicles carrying soldiers.
Turkish media said the Turkish air force had launched air raids on PKK targets in the country’s Kurdish southeast following the attack. 


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StrongGovernance | 8/9/2015
Kurdish people deserve to know how much is being collected at this checkpoint(along with others) and where it is going. We cannot establish a state if there is no government. Right now KRG does not exist, it is an illusion, two political parties control activities in the region, there is no government.
Usa | 8/9/2015
Wow now what are the people of Kurdistan gonna do now? If the border is closed? Good for turkey and they need to punish those who made turkey to close the border bc lot of innocent Kurdish people would've got hurt because they are all business travelers who are doing their jobs? These damn pkk causing so much problems for everyone. Thanks to them the border is closed how are people gonna travel? They need to get the hell out of Kurdistan
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Gharib Hassan | 8/9/2015
Turkey can eat what they diss out its an eye for an eye if they want to bomb the pkk Kurds then they should know that the pkk is going to retaliate and fight back one way or another guerrilla warfare they don't got no jets or high tech weaponry they got the mountings RPGs and some explosive and the make the best of it
ken | 8/9/2015
This is all turkey own fault. Damn turkey
honested | 8/9/2015
this is a good warning for long term. kuristn can not rely on akp to travel and access world trade. goverments can change in turkey and militarist and nationalistic goverments can block kurdistan totally. there is only way out. help syrian kurdish to extend mediterrenian and become independent of turkey, iraq and iran to access worl market.

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