Turkish warplanes bomb villages in northern Iraq

Xinhua News Agency | Sep 26, 2020 at 5:25 PM

BAGHDAD, Sept. 26 (Xinhua) -- The Turkish fighter jets bombed on Saturday several border villages in Iraq's semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan, causing damages, an Iraqi official agency reported.

"The Turkish warplanes bombed the edge of several Kurdish villages near the town of Zakho in the northern province of Duhok," the state-run Iraqi News Agency (INA) said.

"One of the missiles landed near a house in the village of al-Rwaisi near Zakho and caused serious damages to the house," INA said, asserting that the Turkish airstrikes caused a state of panic among the Kurdish villages.

Meanwhile, the official website of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) said that "the Turkish airstrikes have continued during the past two days in many areas inside the region."

The website of PUK, which is the region's second-biggest party, also said that the Turkish bombardments have been carried out under the pretext of the presence of headquarters and positions of the Turkish outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

The Turkish forces frequently carry out ground operations, airstrikes, and artillery bombardments against the positions of PKK militants in northern Iraq, especially the Qandil Mountains, the main PKK base.

The PKK is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States, and the European Union.