Iraq: Amedi villagers displaced after Turkish airstrike against Kurds

Turkey launched a military offensive in northern Iraq on Wednesday in an operation against Kurdish rebels, forcing many villagers in the mountain region of Zakho, near Amedi, to leave their homes. Footage filmed on Wednesday shows smoke still billowing out from one of the villages, empty houses and deserted roads. According to the Turkish Defence Ministry, the military operations has hit more than 150 Kurdish militant targets since Tuesday as part of an airborne and land offensive targeting the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which the EU, Turkey and the US consider a terrorist organisation. Iraq called the Turkish airstrikes a violation of its sovereignty claiming it broke international law. Fighting between the Turkish state and the PKK has been ongoing since 1984.

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