IRAQ: Turkey bombs villages in Nohadra and Zakho

NOHADRA and ZAKHO, Iraq — According to local media sources, Turkish warplanes bombed three villages near Karah mountain the Nohadra (Duhok) Province of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) on Friday.

The Director of Dinara district, Shaban Barwari, said the Turkish jets bombed the villages of Siani and Arkeni in near Karah mountain and the village of Jam Rati which is on the Karah mountain range itself.

There were no reported casualties, but residents were frightened and terrified by the shelling, Barwari said.

Other sources said that the villages of Upper Banki and Lower Banki in Zakho district were also struck.

In December, 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 artillery.

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.