Two Iraqi tourists killed in Turkish bombardment near Zakho – reporter

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SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Two Arab tourists were killed in a Turkish bombardment near the Kurdistan Region’s district of Zakho, Esta Media Network reporter said on Sunday.

The reporter in Duhok said two Iraqi civilians went to the Batifa area in east of Zakho for the purpose of tourism but went missing on Saturday.

“Their bodies were found today after their families started to ask about their whereabouts,” the reporter added.

According to the reporter, the two Iraqis were killed in a Turkish bombardment on the village of Banke in Batifa.

The Turkish military routinely conduct operations and airstrikes against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) bases in rugged mountains in the Kurdistan Region.

A Turkish drone targeted a clinic in the village of Sekaina in Sinjar district on Tuesday, killing eight people and wounding four others.

Among the dead were four employees of the clinic and four fighters from the PKK-linked 80th Brigade of Iraq’s powerful, state-sponsored Hashid al-Shaabi.

The 80th Brigade is made up of Yazidi minority, who were persecuted by the Islamic State group from 2014 and whose bastion is Sinjar.

The strikes came one day after a Turkish drone bombed a vehicle in Sinjar, killing three Yazidi fighters including a local chief of the Popular Mobilization forces.

On Friday, a Turkish airstrike killed a 50-year-old man in Disheshe village in Kani Mase sub-district, northeast of Duhok.

The Turkish offensive in the Kurdistan Region – particularly aerial bombing – has prompted hundreds of villagers to flee their homes.

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