MEA condemns attack in Northern Iraq that killed 8 & wounded 20

The Ministry of External Affairs has strongly condemned an attack that took place in Northern Iraq that killed 8 people and left 23 wounded.

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The attack was allegedly carried out by the Turkish forces in Zakho, a city in Northern Iraq that killed 8 tourists and wounded another 23 people. The attack took place on 20th July.

According to Iraq State TV, there was a “fierce artillery bombing” that hit the mountain resort in the city . Also, causing these unfortunate deaths.

There were children among the victims as young as 1-year-old who was killed. The health minister of Iraq mentioned that all the victims had died before reaching the hospital.

In a response to this, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs sent out a press release condemning the attack by stating “India strongly condemns the recent killings in the Zakho district of Dohuk Governorate, Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Which is a clear violation of the country’s sovereignty and a blatant disregard for international humanitarian law.

India expresses its deepest condolences to the families who lost their loved ones in the dastardly attack. And wishes the injured a speedy recovery.

India also conveyed its stand and condolences in messages inscribed today. In condolence books opened by Government of Iraq in Baghdad and Embassy of Iraq in New Delhi.”

Turkey has rejected all claims of attacks. And has said Ankara was saddened to hear of the casualties in the attack. Moreover, adding that Turkey took maximum care to avoid civilian casualties or damaging historic and cultural sites in its counter-terrorism operations against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militia and others.

Turkey regularly carries out airstrikes and ground-based attacks in northern Iraq. Moreover, to fight the outlawed Kurdish PKK and Syrian Kurdish YPG Militia as it regards both of these groups as terror outfits.