Turkey shells PKK targets in northern Iraq – Kurdish media

Turkish artilleries began shelling late Monday Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) targets in Iraq´s northern Erbil province, near the border with Turkey, Kurdistan 24 reported.

The shelling started after a PKK shooting of a Turkish military outpost in the area, causing environmental damage, it said.

No casualties were reported, but the shelling set fires to forests and lands belonging to villagers, Kurdistan 24 said.

Last month, Turkey launched Operation Claw-Tiger targeting the PKK in northern Iraq, where the outlawed group’s headquarters is located.

The PKK, considered a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the United States and the European Union, has waged an insurgency for autonomy in Turkey’s largely Kurdish southeast since 1984.

“Due to the danger of the area [being targeted by warring parties], no one can go and extinguish the fire,” Ihsan Chalabi, the mayor of Iraq´s Sidakan town, told Kurdistan 24.