ERBIL — The ongoing armed conflicts between the Kurdistan Workers’ Party and the Turkish Army have displaced the residents of 20 villages in Duhok province since January, an official said.
Turkey, for the past few months, has significantly increased its military operations deep into the mountains along the Kurdistan Region border agains the PKK.
Duhok Deputy Governor Majid Salih told BasNews that the affected villages are mainly in the areas of Kani Masi and Darkari, which also suffered a massive damage to the civilian properties and the surrounding environment.
The people, according to the official, have now taken shelter in the surrounding towns and cities, including Zakho and central Duhok.
The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has repeatedly called on the conflicting sides to avoid using its territories to settle their disputes. However, the armed conflicts continue to date.