Iraq: Protesters condemn Turkish military offensive on Kurdistan region

Hundreds of protesters marched through the streets of Sulaymaniyah, northern Iraq, on Thursday, against the Turkish military intervention targeting Kurdish fighters in the Kurdistan region. Protesters marched chanting against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. During the demonstration security forces attempted to restrict the protest to a specific area of the city, but failed to do so. The demonstrators appealed to the Iraqi government and the United Nations to stop the bombing of northern Iraq. Othman Hama Saeed, a member of the Kurdish Communist Party, said, «This is against the internationally recognised laws that define human rights. We, the residents of Sulaimaniyah, are demanding that the United Nations and the Iraqi government stand in the face of these grave encroachments on Iraqi territory, as well as civilians.» 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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