Two civilians were killed in Dohuk governorate in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq when they were targeted by Turkish air strikes while foraging for wild vegetables in the mountains on 3 April, reports koerdischnieuws, citing Rojnews.
Arif Omer (50) and Ahmed Husen (35) were from Sîrê village in the Shiladze (Şîladizê), Dohuk, and earned their living selling wild herbs and vegetables. They were in the mountains near Erdêl village foraging for wild vegetables when they were killed by Turkish Air Force fighter jets, according to the Community Peacemaker Teams (CPT), a Christian NGO based on the ground. Their dismembered bodies were found 11 days later, on 14 April by family members.
“We condemn in the strongest possible terms the Turkish airstrikes in Iraqi Kurdistan, which have resulted in the death of hundreds of civilians and many more injured,” the CPT said.
Shiladze is near the town of Amedi (Amêdî), ten kilometers from the Turkish border. Over the last year, the region has been bombed by Turkey almost daily from the ground and the air with complete disregard for the local civilian population.
Only recently, on 7 April, a drone caused an explosion at Sulaymaniyah Airport, also in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. The attack was attributed to Turkey by both the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the Iraqi government. Although there were US troops present who could have been hit, the United States has avoided calling out their NATO ally.