Iraq To Submit Complaint To UNSC Over Turkish Shelling That Killed 9

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Kadhimi on Thursday said that Iraq will submit a complaint to the UN Security Council regarding the recent Turkish shelling and vowed to take all necessary measures to protect its people.

“We will do everything to stop and respond to Turkish attacks on our soil,” Kadhimi added.

At least nine civilians, including two children and three women, were killed while 23 others received injuries in an alleged Turkish shelling in the Barkh resort in the Zakho district of the Kurdistan region in northern Iraq.

During an emergency meeting of the Ministerial Council for National Security, Kadhimi strongly condemned Turkish aggression, and called on Iraq to respect the principle of good neighbors.

Meanwhile, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu denied that Ankara carried out a deadly artillery attack on a resort in Iraq.  “Our target in Iraq has always been directed against Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) fighters,” Cavusoglu added.

In April, Turkey launched its comprehensive offensive against PKK militants and their allies in the mountains of northern Iraq.

Meanwhile, the leader of the Sadrist movement in Iraq, Muqtada al-Sadr said Turkey repeatedly carried out attacks in Iraq but in return it received nothing but a mere condemnation from Iraqi officials and the foreign ministry.

Sadr called for revocation of the security agreement with Turkey unless Ankara vowed not to bomb Iraqi territory again. “We also need to reduce the level of our diplomatic relations with Turkey,” Sadr warned.

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