Last updated: 23 November, 2011

Turkey bombs Iraq

Turkey has bombed the Sulaimaniyah and Arbil provinces of Iraq’s autonomous northern Kurdish region, wounding one civilian, Kurdish officials said on Wednesday.

“The Turkish aerial bombardment was renewed on Tuesday night and the civilian Ismail Baz Hamed, 20, was wounded during this bombing,” said Hassan Abdullah, the mayor of the Qalat Dizah area in Sulaimaniyah.

“The bombing caused heavy damage to farms and livestock in Qalat Dizah,” he said.

An official from Kurdistan region’s interior ministry said there were also strikes in Arbil province.

“Turkish airplanes bombed many areas… in Arbil on Tuesday night,” the official said on condition of anonymity.

It was the second time Turkey has reportedly carried out strikes in Kurdistan this month, as part of its long-running conflict with the separatist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which has bases in the region.

The Turkish military launched an operation in Kurdistan last month after a PKK attack killed 24 soldiers in the town of Cukurca near the Iraqi border, the army’s biggest loss since 1993.

Listed as a terrorist organisation by Turkey and much of the international community, the PKK took up arms for Kurdish independence in southeastern Turkey in 1984, sparking a conflict that has killed about 45,000 people.