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At Least 8 Killed, 23 Injured in Turkish Bombing on Iraq (Video)


Wed 20 Jul 2022 | 05:06 PM
Omnia Ahmed

At least 8 civilians were killed and 23 others wounded early Wednesday in Turkish airstrikes on Iraq's northern province of Dohuk, Iraqi News Agency (INA) reported.

The "fierce artillery bombing" hit a resort in Zakho, a city on the border between Iraq's Kurdistan region and Turkey, according to state TV. All killed were tourists, the state news agency said.

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Usually, Turkey carries out air strikes in northern Iraq and has sent commandos to support its offensives as part of a long-running campaign in Iraq and Syria against militants of the Kurdish PKK and the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia.

Media outlets reported that attackers struck near the village of al-Jillam in an area 140 kilometres (90 miles) north of Baghdad where extremists remain active.

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On his part, Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi affirmed that Iraq reserves its full right to respond to the Turkish attacks, stressing that it will take all necessary measures to protect its people.

Al-Kadhmi said in a statement that "Iraq reserves its full right to respond to these attacks," noting that "it will take all necessary measures to protect its people, and hold the aggressor accountable for the ongoing escalation."

The statement added: "This brutal underscores the fact that turkey  ignored  Iraq's continued demands to refrain from  military violations against Iraqi territory and the lives of Iraqis."

"As Iraq appreciates and adheres to neighborly principles and rejects the use of its lands by any party to attack its neighbors, it, in turn, refuses to use security justifications to threaten the lives of Iraqi citizens and attack the territory of Iraq, which is a repudiation of the principles of good neighborliness, international agreements and relations, and joint cooperation.”