Eight Killed, 23 Wounded In Turkish Shelling In Northern Iraq

At least eight people were killed and 23 others received injuries after Turkish forces shelled a tourist resort in the Zakho region in northern Iraq Province on Wednesday.

Head of Zakho region in Iraqi Kurdistan, Mushir Muhammad Bashir said that the victims were Arab Iraqi tourists, mostly from central and southern Iraq. 

It has been reported that four shells also hit Barkh tourist resort.

Zakho health official Amir Ali said that the dead included two children, three women, and three men.

Turkey did not immediately comment on the matter.

Turkey regularly carries out strikes into northern Iraq to target fighters from the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) aimed at destroying their ammunition depots, caves, and hideouts.

In April, Turkey also launched its latest offensive under “Operation Claw Lock” as part of a series of cross-border operations started in 2019 to target PKK.

US, EU and Turkey designated PKK as terrorist organization that has waged war against Turkey since 1984 and responsible for the killing of tens of thousands of people.

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