22-year-old woman killed in drone strike near Chamchamal: official

A combined picture of Chamchamal district and a drone

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — A 22-year-old woman was killed in a suspected Turkish drone airstrike near Chamchamal district on Friday, a health official told Esta Media Network on Saturday. 

A suspected Turkish drone bombed Saidan village near Chamchamal in west of Sulaimani on Friday evening, according to villagers.

Spokesman of Chamchamal Health Directorate Sharif Rahman said two other men, 20 and 25, were also wounded in the airstrike.

“The body of the martyr was transferred to Sulaimani forensic department and the wounded were admitted to Sulaimani hospitals,” Rahman added.

“The injured men were in a critical condition,” he continued.

It was the second drone strike on the village last week. On Monday, another Turkish drone carried out an airstrike on the village, wounding a man and a woman.

On Friday, the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) condemned the Turkish strikes and called for an “immediate halt” of the bombardment, which it said has harmed civilians.

“This encroachment is a bad development that taken place inside the Kurdistan Region and Iraq. Therefore, we call for the immediate halt because there is no justification for encroachment and harming innocent people,” PUK politburo said in a statement.

It also called on the federal government to carry out its “constitutional and national duty” to protect its soil, including the Kurdistan Region, and to warn Turkey through diplomatic channels.

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 strikes have killed and wounded dozens of people in the Kurdistan Region in the past years.

*This story was updated at 10:26 a.m. EBL time

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