Turkish warplanes launch heavy shelling on Kurdish villages in northern Iraq
Amid Turkey's ongoing military operation targeting purported positions of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militant group in Iraq's semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan, Turkish fighter jets launched a string of airstrikes on border villages in the area on Wednesday.
A military source, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told Iraq’s Shafaq News Agency that Turkish warplanes struck PKK hideouts in Kilka village, which lies in the Kani Masi district of Duhok province on Wednesday.
The source added that a massive fire broke out in gardens and agricultural lands around the village following the air raids.
There were no immediate reports about casualties and the extent of damage as a result of the strikes.
The development came only two days after Turkish military aircraft pounded PKK strongholds in the Mawat sub-district of Sulaymaniyah city, situated on the eastern flank of the Kurdistan region.
Kamran Hasan, a local official, said in a press release that Turkish warplanes heavily bombarded the villages of Galala, Sefri and Jabal Asus.
Terrified women and children could be seen running for cover as airstrikes hit the areas, he added.
Turkey launched Operation Claw-Lock in April to target the hideouts of PKK terrorists in Iraq’s northern Metina, Zap and Avasin-Basyan areas.
It was initiated after cross-border Operations Claw-Tiger and Claw-Eagle to root out terrorists hiding in border areas close to Turkey and plotting attacks.