120 villages evacuated in Kurdistan’s Sidakan due to Turkish strikes: official

Three Peshmerga wounded in Turkish strikes
A view of a village in Sidakan sub-district, northeast of Erbil, March 14, 2019.

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SULAIMANI — At least 120 villages have been evacuated in the Kurdistan Region’s sub-district of Sidakan due to Turkish airstrikes on the area, a Kurdish official said on Wednesday (June 5).

Director of Sidakan sub-district Ihsan Chalabi told NRT Digital Media that the villages were continuously being evacuated in fear of Turkish strikes on the area.

“Villagers of 20 more villages are still under the threat of evacuation due to the airstrikes,” Chalabi said.

Turkish strikes on Mira Rash in the sub-district early on Wednesday wounded three members of the Peshmerga forces, he added. “The injury of one Peshmerga is critical, and has lost one of his legs.”

Turkey has recently increased the frequency of its strikes on targets in the Kurdistan Region, which it says are part of an effort to combat the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

The three-decade armed struggle by the PKK against the Turkish government flared up again in 2015 after the collapse of a two-year ceasefire and settlement process. 

More than 30 people have been killed in Turkish airstrikes in the Kurdistan Region in the last 10 years, according to unofficial statistics. Dozens of others have been wounded.

The strikes have also damaged dozens of agricultural lands in the Kurdistan Region.

(NRT Digital Media)