A Kurdish fighter was killed and six civilians were injured on June 25 when a Turkish airstrike targeted a pick-up truck parked near a resort in the town of Kuna Masi in the district of Sharbazhir of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region.
Shaho Osman, the mayor of Sharbazhir in the northwestern province of Sulaymaniyah, told Rudaw that the injured civilians are two men, two women, and two children. Five of them are members of the same family.
It remains uncertain if the slain Kurdish fighter was a member of the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK), whcih is designated by Turkey as a terrorist group.
The Turkish airstrike on Kuna Masi didn’t only injure civilians, but also terrorized families who were spending time in the nearby resort.
Jîl Şwanî, a Kurdish writer, shared a video showing young children and their parents running for safety when the Turkish airstrike took place. He confirmed, however, that none of the people seen in the video were hurt.
Is this okay with you? @masrour_barzani @qubadjt @jensstoltenberg this is my brother playing with my nephew when a Turkish bomb drops 20 meters away from them in Kuna Masi. #TwitterKurds pic.twitter.com/tNUK8HeWt0
— Jîl Şwanî (@thejilswani) June 25, 2020
Earlier this month, the Turkish Ministry of National Defence launched Operation Claw-Eagle against the PKK in the Kurdistan Region. According to the ministry’s caims, hundreds of positions of the group have been targeted so far.
The Kuna Masi airstrike led to a backlash against the Kurdistan Government, which was accused of facilitating the Turkish operation in the region. Seven civilians has been killed in Kurdistan since the beginning of Operation Claw-Tiger.