Turkish soldier dies in clashes with Kurdish rebels

Above, damage caused by Turkish shelling in the village of Yusuf Agha in Duhok in northern Iraq’s Kurdistan. (AFP)
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Updated 28 June 2020

Turkish soldier dies in clashes with Kurdish rebels

  • Turkey launched on June 17 an air and ground offensive against the banned Kurdistan Workers’ Party
  • The latest offensive has sparked protests from Iraq

ISTANBUL: A Turkish soldier died on Sunday in clashes with “terrorists” from the banned Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) during an offensive in northern Iraq, the defense ministry said in a statement.
The soldier “fell as a martyr during clashes with terrorists in the Operation Claw-Tiger region” in Iraq, the ministry said, without specifying where the fighting occurred.
Turkey launched on June 17 an air and ground offensive against the PKK, which has fought an insurgency against the Turkish state since 1984 and which is listed as a terror group by Ankara and its Western allies.
The army frequently conducts operations against PKK hideouts in southeast Turkey and rear bases in Iraq.
The latest offensive has sparked protests from Iraq which has summoned the Turkish envoy in Baghdad twice over the operation.
Local Kurdish officials in northern Iraq say at least five civilians have been killed since the operation began nearly two weeks ago.
However, Turkey says its target is the PKK and that its army has done everything in its capacity to avoid civilian casualties and attacks on civilian targets.


Dubai airport hands out roses to Beirut passengers in a show of support

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Dubai airport hands out roses to Beirut passengers in a show of support

  • Passengers arriving from Beirut in Dubai were handed white roses
  • “Rebuilding Lebanon is like rebuilding UAE,” a message attached to the roses read

DUBAI: Passengers arriving from Beirut in Dubai were handed white roses on Sunday in a heartfelt gesture of support following last week’s deadly blast. 
The 163 passengers boarding an Emirates airline flight who arrived at Dubai International Airport were gifted the roses from Dubai Customs workers. The flowers came with a message that quoted the founder of the UAE, the late President Sheikh Zayed Al-Nahyan.
The message reads: “Rebuilding Lebanon is like rebuilding UAE.”
Dubai Airport CEO Paul Griffiths said the act reflects the “spirit of kindness at the heart of the aviation community.”  
“I’m sure it has provided some measure of comfort for the Lebanese passengers during these very difficult times,” he said.
Like many other countries, the UAE has sent large shipments of aid to Lebanon since the explosion. 
The massive blasts at the Beirut port killed 158 people and injured 6,000.