One person has died after being fatally injured in a drone attack on the refugee camp in Iraq’s Makhmour (Maxmûr) district, Rojnews reported on Monday.
Citizens frightened by the attack gathered in front of the home of the victim, Evizêt Abdullah Abid, Rojnews said.
Turkey regularly carries out airstrikes with war planes and drones in northern Iraq, where Turkish forces including commando units have conducted a long campaign against militants of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the People’s Defence Units (HPG).
But Turkey’s attacks in Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) have frequently left civilians killed and injured when populated areas are targeted.
The Community Peacemaker Teams (CPT), an international NGO that supports efforts for peace in conflict areas, said in a report in July that five civilians had been killed and 15 injured in Turkish attacks in the KRI in a period of one month between 21 May and 21 June.
In July, Turkey bombarded the Zakho (Zaxo) district in the semi-autonomous KRI, killing nine Arab tourists, including women and children, and leaving 25 people wounded.
Makhmour refugee camp
It is estimated that around 12,000+ people live in the refugee camp of Makhmour which is located about 60 kilometres southwest of Hewlêr (Erbil). Makhmour is home to Kurdish people who were forcibly displaced from their villages by the Turkish army in the 1990’s as part of the Turkish army’s forced displacement of Kurdish villages, towns and hamlets. Makhmour is under the protection of the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR).