KRG demands PKK to remove its camps from Iraqi Kurdistan after death of civilians in Turkish strikes

A PKK fighter inspects a crater reportedly caused by a Turkish air strike in Mount Qandil, north Iraq

ARA News

Urfa, Turkey – On Saturday, leadership of Iraqi Kurdistan urged the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) to remove its camps from northern Iraq amid continuing Turkish airstrikes. 

The call comes after a Turkish strike hit a PKK position in the Kurdistan Region, causing the death of several fighters and civilians on Saturday morning.  

The Turkish air forces conducted Saturday several strikes on the village of Zarkel in Randoz area, northeast Erbil. The attack led to the death of eight PKK fighters and few civilians, according to local officials. 

A PKK source reported that the Turkish strikes killed at least six Kurdish civilians and eight fighters.

“We condemn this bombardment that led to the martyrdom of people from the Kurdistan Region and call on Turkey not to bombard civilians again,” Iraqi Kurdish President Massoud Barzani said in a statement.

In the meantime, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) issued a statement, of which ARA News received a copy, saying: “The PKK must keep the battlefield away from the Kurdistan Region in order for civilians not to become victims of this war”.

“The call for the PKK to remove its bases from the territory of the Region came because it gives justification for the Turkish government to bomb the area,” media adviser in the presidency of the Kurdistan Region, Kifah Mahmoud, told reporters in Erbil.

Speaking to ARA News, media worker Rezan Hamo said that as long as the battle is between Turkey and the PKK, the latter must move its members into the Turkish territory. 

“They (PKK) must move the battlefield into the cities of Turkey to embarrass the government and the Turkish army, instead of giving opportunity to Turkish army to fight outside their borders,” he argued.

Turkish sources announced on Saturday the killing of 260 fighters from the PKK and wounding hundreds others in a week of raids by the Turkish military, while sources close to the PKK refuted the authenticity of the Turkish figures.

Reporting by: Jan Nasro 

Source: ARA News

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