KRG PM urges parliament, parties to speak in ‘single voice’ against attack on Peshmerga

KRG Prime Minister Masrour Barzani speaks to reporters in Erbil, February 10, 2021. (PM office)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Masrour Barzani on Saturday urged the parliament and parties to speak in a “single voice” against an attack which he says carried out by the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in Duhok province.

Five members of the Peshmerga forces were killed and seven others were wounded in an “ambush” by the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in Amedi district early on Saturday, according to Peshmerga ministry.

“I condemn in the strongest terms PKK’s attack on the Peshmerga today,” the prime minister said in a tweet.

“In this moment of urgency, I urge the Kurdistan Parliament and political parties to speak in a single voice against this aggression,” he added.

The KRG also said in a tweet that the PKK fighters “ambushed and attacked” a unit of the Peshmerga forces on Mount Metina in Amedi district, northeast of Duhok.

“The KRG and the Ministry of Peshmerga have previously warned against the violation of the integrity and security of the Kurdistan Region borders to prevent such incidents,” the KRG tweeted.

“We will not, nor will our allies, tolerate threats to the Kurdistan region’s security and stability,” it added.

PKK media reported earlier on Saturday that the Peshmerga officers were killed and wounded in a Turkish airstrike on the Metina mountain.

Meanwhile, PKK-affiliated media reported that the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) had transferred forces and military equipment to Metina region from Amedi at dawn on Saturday.

The People’s Defense Forces (HPG), the PKK military wing, warned of the KDP step, calling on the party to “not stab the guerrillas in the back”.

“The force wants to go to our area in Metina, while we defend [it] against Turkey, which wants to invade Kurdistan,” the group said in a statement.

*This story was updated at 01:44 p.m. EBL time 

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