The Turkish army bombed a Kurdish refugee camp near the city of Mahmoud in northern Iraq with drones on Saturday. Bombs were supposed to fall near the kindergarten. “Three people were killed and two wounded,” the Iraqi lawmaker said.
Representative Rashad Galali, who represents Iraq’s parliament, Mahmoud which is majority Kurdish, said it was a deliberate act. “However, no child suffered,” – he noted.
The attack came days after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that Ankara would “cleanse” the Iraqi region controlled by the separatist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
Erdogan called the Mahmud refugee camp, which was established in 1998, a place where the PKK carries out permanent recruitment and indoctrination. He likened it to PKK bases in the Qandil Mountains, where attacks on Turkey are usually launched.
According to the president, the camp in Mahmoud, located 250 km south of the Turkish border, is “a breeding ground for future fighters from the Qandil Mountains” on the Iraq-Iran border. Erdogan stressed that “if the United Nations does not cleanse this corner of the world of terrorists, Turkey, as a member of the United Nations, will take on this task on behalf of the United Nations.”
The bombing of the refugee camp in Mahmoud is part of the new Turkish military campaign that was launched on April 23, with the aim of weakening the influence of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which is considered a terrorist.
The PKK, which has engaged in stubborn fighting with the authorities in Ankara since 1984, is responsible for the deaths of more than 40,000 people. Persons. Turkey launches regular attacks on its bases in the mountains in northern Iraq.
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