Turkish air strike kills five Iraqi civilians - Rudaw

Five civilians were killed in a Turkish air strike in the autonomous Kurdistan region in northern Iraq, Rudaw reported on Friday.

A Rudaw correspondent said the 5 villagers were killed on the outskirts of Sidan in the district of Sheladiz, said the Iraqi Kurdish news network.

Turkey launched Operation Claw-Tiger on Wednesday, targeting the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in various regions of northern Iraq in response to an increase in attacks against Turkish military forces.

The PKK, designated a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the United States and European Union, has been fighting an insurgency against the Turkish state for four decades.

Tens of thousands of people have been killed in the conflict, including 7,918 members of Turkey’s security forces, 5,557 civilians and 22,101 PKK members between 1981 and 2012, according to a report by Turkish parliament.

Turkey regularly targets PKK in operations in northern Iraq and on home soil.