Turkey bombed Serdeşt Camp on Mount Sinjar on 30 June 2021, but there is mounting criticism regarding Turkey’s policies in Iraqi Kurdistan.
Ömer Salih, Chair of the Yazidi (Êzidî) Democracy and Freedom Party, (PADÊ), believes that Turkey is actually aiming to drive the people out of the town and create tension in Iraqi Kurdistan. He spoke about the situation in the region to ANHA.
Many residents fled Sinjar when the region was besieged by ISIS, and Salih noted that they were being prevented from returning by such attacks. He also said that Turkey wanted to keep the region in a state of constant tension. He stated that the organisation of the Yazidis unsettles Turkey, and that it is for this reason Turkey bombed Sinjar Mountain.
“The enemy’s aim is to massacre the Yazidis. They are unsettled by this organisation that has emerged in Sinjar. They do not accept the will of the Sinjar people” he said. He also criticized the Iraqi government for remaining silent about the attack.
“The Iraqi government should not accept the attacks on Sinjar. Iraq’s territorial sovereignty is violated because Sinjar is dependent on Baghdad.”