Turkey bombs refugee camp in Makhmour, killing three

People gather around a site where a Turkish drone bombed in a refugee camp in Makhmour, June 5, 2021.

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Turkey bombed a refugee camp in Makhmour district on Saturday, according to a source, a few days after Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan threatened to attack the camp.

A source inside the camp told Esta Media Network that a drone bombed Rostam Judi camp in Makhmour district, killing three people and wounding several others.

“The incident took place near a school inside the camp,” said the source, who spoke under condition of anonymity.

Rostam Judi Camp was established in the 1990s when thousands of Kurds from Turkey crossed the border into Iraq.

The attack came after Erdogan threatened to attack the refugee camp which it says provides a safe haven for the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

“If the United Nations does not clean it up, we will do it as a U.N. member,” Erdogan said in an interview with broadcaster TRT on Tuesday.

He added that Ankara believed Makhmour posed as great a threat as the PKK’s stronghold in the Qandil mountains further north.

“How long are we supposed to be patient about it?” he further said.

Makhmour was targeted by Turkish air strikes a year ago, although there were no reports of casualties at the time, but a senior Turkish official said it was now a priority for Ankara.

*This story was updated at 03:52 p.m. EBL time 

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