At the same time, it is bombing Islamic State militants in Syria in an effort to push them back from Turkey’s borders. Turkey had not previously been involved in fighting in Syria’s conflict.
‘Keep battlefield away’
Further Turkish air raids were reported overnight, this time in the Rawanduz area east of Erbil, capital of Iraq’s Kurdish region.
At least six people were killed and several more wounded in the town of Zarkel, local officials said. They reportedly included at least two women.
An Iraq-based PKK activist told Associated Press that at least six homes were destroyed and eight civilians were killed.
“We condemn this bombardment that led to the martyrdom of people from the Kurdistan region and call on Turkey not to bombard civilians again,” Iraqi Kurdish President Massoud Barzani said in a statement.
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