Iraq condemns Turkey's deadly intervention of protesters in Duhok, summons Turkish envoy
The Foreign Ministry of Iraq on Sunday denounced Turkish army's intervention of protesters in the Kurdistan Region’s town of Shiladze, following an attack on a Turkish military facility in Iraq’s northern province of Duhok, Kurdistan24 news site reported.
The Iraqi Foreign Ministry summoned Turkey’s envoy in Baghdad, according to the news site.
On Saturday, hundreds of people in the northern town of Shiladze protested Turkey’s ongoing bombardment of their villages after Turkish bombings on Jan. 24 left at least four civilians dead.
Protests quickly turned violent with some people burning Turkish military vehicles at a base in Duhok.
At least one person died and ten other people wounded after protesters stormed a Turkish military facility in the town in Duhok.
''They tried to something wrong in Iraq again. Our planes, our UAVs took off and they were forced to disperse. From now on we're going to strike at them in their holes,'' Turkish Presiden Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said following the protests.
The casualties are believed to be the result of Turkish forces opening fire on the crowds to prevent protesters from approaching the base, according to Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG)'s statement.
KRG has also condemned the Turkish attack on civilians but promising to investigate the issue and find out those responsible for initiating the clash.
Following its military operations against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)-affiliated Kurdish armed groups in Syria, Turkey in March of 2018 extended its military presence in northern Iraq. Turkish armed forces have made their way 30 kilometres inside Iraq-Kurdish territory and have begun construction of permanent outposts, including those in rural areas of Dohuk and Erbil under the control of KRG.
PKK, designated as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, is an armed group at war in Turkey for Kurdish autonomy for over three decades. Turkey has been carrying out airstrikes against suspected PKK positions in the Kurdistan region.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu on Sunday said PKK was responsible from the attack to the Turkish army's facility and the Iraqi authorities would start an extensive investigation.
"As a result of the provocation of the PKK terrorist organisation, an attack took place in our base area located in northern Iraq," Sputnik quoted Çavuşoğlu as saying.