Turkish jets pound PKK targets in northern Iraq

Updated 17 January 2013
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Turkish jets pound PKK targets in northern Iraq

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey: Turkish jets struck more than 50 Kurdish rebel targets in northern Iraq in Ankara's largest-scale aerial campaign in recent years, military sources said yesterday.
Northern Iraq is a base for the outlawed separatist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).
“Sixteen F-16 fighter jets took off from their base in Diyarbakir in the southeast at around 2000 GMT Tuesday and bombed the (rebel) targets in Qandil mountain in northern Iraq, 90 kilometers from the border,” a military source said.
“More than 50 targets were hit in the three-hour operation.”
Abdulrazzaq Bayiz, mayor of Senkasar region of Iraqi Kurdistan, confirmed the raid.
“Turkish aircraft targeted two villages in Senkasar at about 11 p.m. They destroyed five houses in those villages. These attacks occurred over about 45 minutes, without any victims,” he told AFP.
Bunker-busters developed by Turkey's Scientific and Technological Research Council (TUBITAK) were used for the first time in the raid, Turkish sources said.
The jets safely returned to their bases after the operation, they added.
Turkey says around 2,000 Kurdish rebels are hiding in the mountainous region on the Iraqi side of the border.
The PKK, listed as a terrorist group by Turkey and much of the international community, took up arms for autonomy in the Kurdish-majority southeast in 1984, sparking an insurgency which has claimed more than 40,000 lives.
The raids, the first in several weeks, come as the long-running conflict between the rebels and Turkey appears to reignite and threatens to derail peace talks between Ankara and jailed PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan with the aim of disarming the group.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said yesterday that the military operations against PKK bases would continue until the organization laid down its arms.
“Our security forces will continue operations until the terrorist organization lays down arms and ends its attacks,” Erdogan said in televised remarks.
On Sunday, a senior PKK member was reported killed in a shootout in Turkey's Kurdish majority southeast.


Gazan dies of wounds from Israel border clash: ministry

Updated 24 June 2018
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Gazan dies of wounds from Israel border clash: ministry

  • A Palestinian man shot by Israeli forces two days ago during clashes on the Gaza border died of his wounds early Sunday
  • At least 134 Palestinians have been killed in clashes since mass protests broke out along the Gaza border on March 30

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories: A Palestinian man shot by Israeli forces two days ago during clashes on the Gaza border died of his wounds early Sunday, the health ministry in the Hamas-ruled territory said.
“Osama Khalil Abu Khater, 29-years-old, died of wounds to his stomach after being shot by the Israeli enemy east of Khan Yunis the day before yesterday,” ministry spokesman Ashraf Al-Qudra said.
Palestinian sources said he was shot during a border clash.
At least 134 Palestinians have been killed in clashes since mass protests broke out along the Gaza border on March 30.
No Israelis have been killed.
The protests peaked on May 14 when at least 62 Palestinians were killed as thousands approached the heavily guarded border fence on the same day the United States moved its Israel embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Israel says its use of live fire is necessary to defend its borders and stop infiltrations. It accuses Gaza’s Islamist rulers Hamas of seeking to use the protests as cover for attacks.