ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Turkish fighter jets launched a fresh attack against Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) on Saturday, killing eight civilians and injuring seven others in the Qandil Mountains of the Kurdistan region, a Rudaw reporter at the scene said.
“We were all sleeping when the Turkish fighter jets bombarded our village,” Ismail Abdula Ghader, one of the injured civilians,said by phone this morning. The bombing targeted Zargali village in Rawanduz district, which is on the outskirt of the Qandil Mountains. The PKK was used the area as a stronghold for many years.
Ghader said the fighter jets dropped bombs over the civilians' houses and killed six civilians instantly and injured seven others.
The Hurriyet Daily News reported Friday an intelligence source saying that 30 F-16 warplanes shelled 130 targets in the Qandil Mountains both inside the Turkey and in the Kurdistan region of Iraq.
The source also claimed that Turkish airstrikes have killed 190 PKK guerrillas and injured at least 300 others. The PKK has previously confirmed the death of four members because of the recent aerial attacks in Qandil.
Turkey claims its attacks are “in retaliation” for the killings of two Turkish police officers last week, for which the PKK claimed responsibility.
The latest conflict has possibly brought to a halt a peace agreement reached between Ankara and the PKK two years ago.
Since July 24, Turkish air force jets and artillery have kept up a wave of attacks against the PKK, including five rounds of airstrikes on Saturday that targeted the Qandil Mountains.