19/12/2020

Intense Turkish bombardment on Chaldean–Syriac–Assyrian areas in Kurdistan Region of Iraq

NOHADRA, Iraq — On Friday morning, Turkish warplanes bombed areas in the Amadeh district in Nohadra (Duhok) Province, the mountains of Metina, and the Nahla area in southern Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI). Turkish artillery also targeted various locations around their military bases in the villages of Nahla. It was not immediately clear if there were any casualties due to the strikes.

Last week, the bodies of three people from Derluk district missing for more than 10 days were found dead.

The recovery team that went to retrieve the bodies of the missing persons – aged between 55 and 65 years old – contacted local officials in Nohadra and reported they were killed by Turkish artiller.

Since the summer, Turkey has engaged in a cross-border military operation ostensibly targeting the Kurdistan Workers’ Party which has been in armed conflict with the Turkish state since the 1980s. However, Turkish drone and air strikes have repeatedly targeted areas without a PKK presence, according to locals.

Human Rights Watch has criticized Turkey for the carelessness of its military operation which has killed over a dozen civilians and displaced thousands more.

Over 500 villages have been evacuated.