Kur­dish Vil­lages Evac­u­ated Due to PKK-Turkey Clashes

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS BAR -

Many vil­lages have been aban­doned and hun­dreds of fam­i­lies dis­placed close to Iraq's north­ern bor­der with Turkey as a re­sult of Turk­ish airstrikes tar­get­ing mil­i­tants from the Kur­dis­tan Work­ers' Party, bet­ter known as the PKK.

The pres­ence of PKK guer­ril­las in Si­dakan ar­eas of Kur­dis­tan Re­gion has re­sulted in the dis­place­ment of lo­cals and a halt in the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion projects in the area.

Lo­cals, the se­cu­rity forces and the ad­min­is­tra­tion in Si­dakan area of Kur­dis­tan Re­gion con­stantly blame PKK’s pres­ence as it at­tracts fur­ther Turk­ish airstrikes and, as a re­sult, brings more de­struc­tion to the area.

Mur­shid Mo­hammed, a lo­cal jour­nal­ist and ac­tivist, told BasNews that Turkey con­tin­ues bomb­ing the area hence PKK’s pres­ence there, a fact which has so far costed the lo­cals civil­ian ca­su­al­ties and lack of ser­vices in their area.

Mo­hammed re­vealed that nearly 100 vil­lages, which were de­stroyed dur­ing Sad­dam Hus­sein’s regime, have not be re­ha­bil­i­tated be­cause of the pres­ence of PKK.

Si­dakan area is of strate­gic and eco­nomic im­por­tance as it con­nects KRG with both Iran and Turkey.

Mo­hammed ex­plained that the re­gion has a po­ten­tial to be­come an im­por­tant com­mer­cial path if the Turk­ish airstrikes stop and PKK leaves.

The di­rec­tor of Si­dakan district, Kar­wan Karim Khan says they have sev­eral times asked KRG and Kur­dis­tan Re­gion par­lia­ment to take ac­tion and urge PKK to take the se­cu­rity of lo­cals into con­sid­er­a­tion be­fore its po­lit­i­cal am­bi­tions.

“We hope PKK re­al­izes that its pres­ence can at­tract fur­ther airstrikes, in­se­cu­rity and de­struc­tion to Si­dakan re­gion; and it can pose threat to the lo­cals as well,” Karim Khan said.

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