Turkey denies responsibility for deadly attack on civilians in Iraq

Turkey on Wednesday refuted allegations by Iraqi state media that it attacked a hill station in the northern province of Dohuk, killing eight people and injuring 23 others, calling it an act of terrorism.

The “fierce artillery shelling” hit a resort town in Zakho, a town on the border between Iraq’s Kurdistan region and Turkey, Iraqi state television said.

Children were among the victims, including a one-year-old child, the Kurdish Minister of Health said in a statement.

The attack came a day after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan held a summit meeting in Tehran with his Russian and Iranian counterparts. Iran has urged Turkey not to undertake a planned offensive against Kurdish areas in Syria.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry said Ankara was saddened to learn of the victims of the attack and added that Turkey was doing everything possible to avoid civilian casualties in its counter-terrorism operations against the banned Workers’ Party militia. Kurdistan (PKK) and others.

“Turkey is ready to do everything in its power to bring the truth to light,” the ministry said in a statement, adding that Turkey’s military operations were in line with international laws.

“We call on the Iraqi government not to make remarks influenced by the rhetoric and propaganda of the heinous terrorist organization, and to engage in cooperation to find the perpetrators of this cruel act,” he said. , referring to the PKK.

Turkey regularly carries out airstrikes in northern Iraq and has sent commandos to support its offensives as part of a long campaign in Iraq and Syria against Kurdish PKK militants and the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia. Ankara considers both to be terrorist groups.

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