Turkish air strikes wound two children in northern Iraq - local reports
Turkey bombed at least three sites in Iraq’s Kurdistan region on Friday, wounding two children, Iraqi Kurdish news outlet Rudaw reported.
Rudaw cited local sources as reporting hundreds of sheep also being killed in the attacks.
Mohammed Sheikhzade, an Iraqi villager who lives near the Turkish border, told Rudaw that his two brothers, aged 10 and 15, had been injured during a bombing by Turkish warplanes on Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) positions in the Dohuk province.
Alend Amir, the mayor of Chamanke district in Dohuk, confirmed the bombardment and the injuries, Rudaw said.
Two villages on the Iranian border in the Erbil province were also bombarded on Friday, Rudaw reported. Hundreds more sheep were killed in the bombings in Erbil.
Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar said Turkish troops “neutralised” four PKK members in Gara, Dohuk and three others in Hakurk near the Iraqi-Iranian border
Turkish authorities use the term "neutralised" to mean the death or surrender of enemy combatants, members of the PKK in this instance.
Akar on Monday, visited Iraq and discussed further cooperation options against the PKK with his Iraqi counterparts.
In June, Turkey launched the joint Claw-Eagle and Claw-Tiger operations, cross-border offensives targeting the outlawed PKK in various regions of Northern Iraq, in response to an increase in attacks against the Turkish military.
The Claw-Eagle, the air campaign, began on June 15, with the Claw-Tiger, the ground campaign, following on June 17.
The PKK, designated a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the United States and the European Union, has been fighting an insurgency against the Turkish state for four decades.