DAMASCUS, SYRIA (12:55 P.M.) – On Wednesday evening around 21:00 local time, the Turkish Air Force launched fresh sorties over the Amadiya and Sheladize regions of northern Iraq in what was intended to be an air raid on PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party) militants.
However, the aerial sorties struck a gathering of civilians who were traversing in vineyards and orchards at villages near the border with Turkey.
One single Turkish airstrike killed seven people near Sheladize, four of whom were identified by an Al-Masdar News source as:
► Ali Mistafa and Ciger Mistafa (brothers from Sida village)
► Sedat Sitki (from Kerya Dera village)
► Hakim Said (from Kerya Dara village)
A second Turkish airstrike in the farmland around Hore village in the Amadiya region led to the death of three Kurdish civilians, thus setting the total death toll at ten:
► Faxir Hair (from Darke village)
► Saban Said Dohuki (from Deraluk town)
► Ismet Temer Said (from Site village)
This region is notably under the control of Peshmerga which maintains close ties with the Turkish Government, allowing Ankara’s air force free rein in northern Iraq while the Turkish Army has been given several military bases despite protests by the Iraqi Government.
Neither Turkey nor the Peshmerga leadership have commented on the incident yet.
Over the past week, the Turkish Air Force has increased its activities over Kurdish-held northern Iraq. For instance, an additional three civilians were killed on Tuesday due to an airstrike on Tepeka village.