Turkish warplanes bomb village in Kurdistan, killing livestock

File – Smoke rises from a site where Turkish warplanes bomb in Amedi

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Turkish warplanes on Thursday bombed a village in the Kurdistan Region’s sub-district of Batifan, killing a number of livestock.

Esta Media Network reporter said Turkish fighter jets launched an airstrike against targets in Tanke village in Batifa, north of Duhok.

The airstrike killed a number of livestock and damages houses in the village, he added.

Casualties remained unclear.

In June, another Turkish air strike killed at least 35 sheep in Spindare village in Deraluk sub-district, northeast of Duhok.

Turkey has taken its decades-old conflict with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) deep into the Kurdistan Region, establishing military bases and deploying armed military drones against the fighters in their mountain strongholds.

Most of the operations have focused on territory up to 30 km (20 miles) from the border.

The Turkish strike came just few hours after Iran bombarded several villages in Sidakan and Balakayati areas in the Kurdistan Region.

The Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI) said Iranian warplanes and drones targeted its bases in Barbzin, Choman, Sidakan and Haj Omran.

It further said the aerial attack was followed by artillery and missile attacks.

No casualties were reported, it added.

On Monday, commander of Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Ground Force Mohammad Pakpour warned people of the Kurdistan Region to stay away from bases used by the Kurdish opposition parties on the border with Iran.

“Iraq and the officials of the northern region of this country have been given the necessary warnings,” he said.

Iran has in the past shelled armed Kurdish opposition groups based in the Region.

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