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Turkey continues bombing Iraq’s Kurdistan Region
Turkish fighter jets for a second time in 24 hours bombed Iraqi Kurdistan’s Amedi mountainous outskirts on Saturday, indiscriminately targeting one vehicle belonging to civilians and one of Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) fighters. At around 2pm on Saturday, Turkish warplanes bombed the villages of Delashe and Kaniye in Amedi in Duhok province. The airstrikes targeted a vehicle of PKK fighters, and later an empty civilian car.
The warplanes were spotted flying very low, Rudaw reported. No casualties were reported due to the airstrike. Turkish fighter jets also on Friday bombed Amedi area, injuring a 35-year-old woman injured in the aerial attacks. rudaw.net | Ekurd.net
Sadr delegation seeks coordination with Kurds on Iraqi elections, reconciliation
Erbil: A senior Shiite delegation visiting Erbil on Saturday on behalf of leading cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has reportedly presented two projects to Massoud Barzani in a bid to resolve the existing crisis in the country, including reaching an agreement for elections and approaching national reconciliation in the country after the IS war. The delegation headed by Ahmad Sadr, the cleric’s nephew, has put forward two projects suggested by Sadr related to holding elections across the country after the current Independent High Electoral Commission is replaced by a new one, as demanded by Sadr as part of government reforms, and a new law is in place which could satisfy Iraqis as a whole. rudaw.net
Over 150 medical staff reportedly penalized in Kurdistan over malpractice: Pro-KRG media
Erbil: In the course of four years, 152 medical staff reportedly have been punished for medical malpractice and negligence, said spokesperson for Kurdistan Region Ministry of Health. In an exclusive statement to pro-KDP BasNews reported, Khalis Qadir said some 522 committees were set up in the past four years to follow up the medical mistakes in hospitals, health centers and clinics across Kurdistan. Following the investigations by these committees, some 152 medical staff were either fired or were demoted for their mistakes. basnews.com | Ekurd.net
Governor warns of escalating refugee crisis in Kirkuk
Kirkuk: In a strongly-worded statement Saturday, Kirkuk Governor Najmaldin Karim warmed Iraqi government of what he described as deterioration of refugee crisis in Kirkuk where around half a million displaced Iraqis still reside amid shortage of electricity, running water and worsening of public services. The governor slammed Baghdad for lack of support for Kirkuk province which he said had “suffered greatly” due to the influx of refugees from war zones across northern Iraq. Although patrolled by Kurdish Peshmerga forces, Kirkuk is still part of the Iraqi government’s administration and is entitled by the constitution to receive financial support from Baghdad derived from sale of oil and other national revenues.
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