There are reports that a hospital for covid patients in the Yazidi town of Sinjar, northern Iraq, has been hit by Turkish airstrikes. The attack on 17 August followed an earlier attack the day before, which targeted the passengers of a vehicle near Sinjar’s market, resulting in two fatalites.
While there was no confirmed information on casualties within the first couple of hours after the incident, the local sources said many people were wounded, ANHA reports.
Two videos from the scene of the strikes have been released by RojNews and Hawar News agencies. In one, a woman’s voice is heard: “As you see, the Turkish state has been attacking Sinjar for the last two days. They attacked the old market yesterday. Today they attacked Sikêniyê village… They attacked between 3:00 and 3:30pm. You can see it. This is Sikêniyê village.”
In another video, someone reported from the scene: “The people have been trying to rescue the injured, but this place has been hit three times in quick succession,” they said. “The people are not able to move around freely because surveillance and fighter jets are still active above. There are martyrs and injured people. The people are still trying to rescue the patients… Bombed three times. This is Sikêniyê Hospital.”
Feleknas Uca, MP for the Peoples’ Democratic Party and former member of the European Parliament, condemned the airstrikes on Twitter: “A mind so full of hatred and hostility that it bombs a hospital; this is more barbaric than ISIS. Everyone who remains silent at the massacre of Yazidis, the crimes of humanity commited in Sinjar are accomplices to this crime. Let nobody forget that the Yazidis will never bow down; they will triumph.”