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UPDATE: Five Peshmerga killed in Turkish air strike on Mount Shingal

2017/04/25 | 09:25

(Iraq News)- ERBIL, Kurdistan Region—At least five Kurdish Peshmerga soldiers were killed Tuesday morning and several others wounded in Turkish air strikes aimed at the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) on Mount Shingal in western Mosul.

In a separate air strike in Syrian Kurdistan known as Rojava 18 Kurdish guerrillas are believed killed.

A Rudaw correspondent in the area said that the location on the mountain called Dari Gali Karse was used by the PKK-affiliated Shingal protection forces known as the YBS, but that it had been evacuated shortly before the bombing.A base of the Peshmerga forces of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) was close to the site of the Turkish air strikes which led to the death of five of them and the injury of 9 others.

The air strikes occurred shortly after 02:00 AM local time.

One of the Peshmerga was a Yezidi and native of Shingal.

The other four were from Duhok.The Rudaw correspondent said that PKK members had blocked roads leading up to the site and the Peshmerga evacuated their wounded soldiers to hospitals taking new routes.The wounded have been taken to Duhok hospital.The Turkish military said in a statement that their jets had bombed PKK bases in Shingal and in Syria.

Pro-PKK news media reported that 18 members of the Peoples Protection Units (YPG) were also killed in a Turkish air strike in the town of Derik in Rojava.

The YPG leader Salih Muslim urged the international coalition to stop the Turkish attacks. 










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