Turkish warplanes bomb Kwerakani village in Sulaimani’s Mawat district

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Turkish warplanes bomb the peripheries of Kwerakani village in Sulaimani governorate, causing a large fire and damage to villagers’ property and farms and on August 4, 2020. (Photo Credit: NRT Digital Media/Screenshot)

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SULAIMANI — Mayor of Mawat district Kamaran Hassan said on Tuesday (August 4) that Turkish warplanes bombed the edges of Kwerakani village in Sulaimani governorate, causing damage to villagers’ property and farms.

Hassan told NRT Digital Media that “a large fire broke out following the airstrike that that it has not been controlled yet.”

There were no immediate reports of civilian casualties.

Turkey is currently conducting intense military operations in the Kurdistan Region and northern Iraq, which it says in necessary to combat the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and affiliated groups, such as the Kurdistan Free Life Party (PJAK).

On May 27, its warplanes killed at least two PJAK fighters in Mawat.

Several weeks later on June 15. it formally launched Operation Claw-Eagle and Operation Claw-Tiger, constituting renewed air and ground campaigns respectively.

Since then at least six civilians have been killed in airstrikes, including five in Duhok governorate and one in Erbil.

On June 1, it killed a PJAK fighter and wounded six civilians in Kuna Masi town in Sulaimani governorate, sparking widespread condemnation.

(NRT Digital Media)