Turkey reportedly conducted two airstrikes in Shengal (Sinjar), northern Iraq, and Iraqi Kurdistan, within a period of 12 hours.
A checkpoint near the village of Barê in Shengal was targeted by a Turkish armed drone late in the evening on 2 September, leaving one wounded, Fırat News Agency reported.
A mother in the village Barê reacted to the airstrike saying that they wouldn’t give in to pressures from Turkey.
‘They are trying to terrorise the people,’ she said after the missile strike. “But we are passed being terrorised. We’ll never give in to fear again. We are not afraid of any invader. This is a plan of the Barzani family and the Turkish state.”
The second strike in the morning on 3 September, targeted the Makhmour refugee camp in Iraqi Kurdistan, reported Roj News Agency.
While the missile strike caused material damage in the camp, no casualties were reported.
Turkey has intensified its military attacks on N Iraqi soil since april 2021 when its latest incursion dubbed ‘Operation Claw-Lightning’ began.
In the latest incursions a series of military operations have been carried out since 2015, with 22 villages in Iraqi Kurdistan having been evacuated with more than 1,500 people displaced and thousands of acres of farming land destroyed, according to a report by Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT).
10 people have recently been killed by airstrikes in Shengal, eight of them at a medical centre, on 16 and 17 July 2021.
Turkey continues to conduct airstrikes, sometimes hundreds of kilometres away from its borders, and occupy large areas in Iraqi Kurdistan while it faces precious little or no national or international reaction.