Turkish warplanes bomb several areas in Penjwen east of Sulaimani

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Turkish warplanes bombed several areas in the Kurdistan Region’s Penjwen district early on Tuesday, Esta’s reporter said.

The Turkish fighter jets carried out airstrikes on targets in the villages of Khunyana, Kani Miran, Wryawa and Bnawyan, Esta Media Network’s reporter said.

There were damages but no casualties, the reporter added.

Meanwhile, the Turkish defense ministry confirmed that more than 20 aircraft conducted an air operation in the Asos region in northern Iraq.

It further said as many as 28 targets were bombed, including shelters, bunkers and ammunition depots as well as headquarters and caves belonging to “terrorists”.

Turkey has intensified air and ground operations in the Kurdistan Region, targeting what it says positions of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

Late on Monday, a Turkish helicopter opened fire at several positions in Amedi district.

On August 17, a Turkish drone targeted a clinic in the village of Sekaina in Sinjar district, killing eight people and wounding four others.

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 August 13, a Turkish airstrike killed a 50-year-old man in Disheshe village in Kani Mase sub-district, northeast of Duhok.

Iraq regularly decries violations of its sovereignty, and has repeatedly summoned the Turkish ambassador over Ankara’s cross-border military campaign.

But Iraq, which counts on Turkey as an important commercial partner, has refrained from taking punitive measures.

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

*This story was updated at 10:57 a.m. EBL time

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