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Iraq: Kurdish villagers abandon homes due to Turkey's bombardment03:06

Iraq: Kurdish villagers abandon homes due to Turkey's bombardment

Iraq, Sharanish
December 7, 2019 at 21:43 GMT +00:00 · Published

Dozens of villages have been abandoned in the Zakho district of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, close to the border with Turkey, due to the ongoing conflict between the PKK [Kurdistan Workers' Party] and Turkish forces.

Footage filmed in Sharanish village on Thursday shows empty streets and damaged houses.

"We fled the villages due to the Turkish bombardment. The reason is the PKK [Kurdistan Workers' Party] fighters. It happened not once or twice. It’s been going on for quite a while. From 2007, they used to do it once a year, sometimes every two years, but now they do it frequently," said Ameer Nisaan, one of the villagers.

Zervan Musa, the mayor of Darkare sub-district in eastern Zakho, said that the 25 villages located at the border continuously suffer from the "enduring clashes between the PKK forces and Turkish government."

"So the Turkish always bombard, which leads to severe damage that pushes the people around the area to leave. The villagers fled to the centre of the county," he added.

The region has reportedly come under 600 bombings over the past two years threatening access to 20 villages.

Iraq: Kurdish villagers abandon homes due to Turkey's bombardment03:06
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Dozens of villages have been abandoned in the Zakho district of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, close to the border with Turkey, due to the ongoing conflict between the PKK [Kurdistan Workers' Party] and Turkish forces.

Footage filmed in Sharanish village on Thursday shows empty streets and damaged houses.

"We fled the villages due to the Turkish bombardment. The reason is the PKK [Kurdistan Workers' Party] fighters. It happened not once or twice. It’s been going on for quite a while. From 2007, they used to do it once a year, sometimes every two years, but now they do it frequently," said Ameer Nisaan, one of the villagers.

Zervan Musa, the mayor of Darkare sub-district in eastern Zakho, said that the 25 villages located at the border continuously suffer from the "enduring clashes between the PKK forces and Turkish government."

"So the Turkish always bombard, which leads to severe damage that pushes the people around the area to leave. The villagers fled to the centre of the county," he added.

The region has reportedly come under 600 bombings over the past two years threatening access to 20 villages.

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