Turkey jets bomb mountain in Kurdistan Region four times

<p style="text-align: left;">Turkish warplanes bombed Matin Mountain near Guharz village in Duhok governorate's Zakho district in Kurdistan Region four times on Tuesday morning, September 29, a local source told NRT.

The damage is not yet known, but the airstrikes ignited a brushfire on the mountain, the source added.

On September 28, Batifa sub-district manager Dlsher Abdulstar stated that Turkish ground forces had set up two military bases in the area, which is located to the east of Zakho in Duhok governorate.

Abdulstar said that Turkish forces established the bases over the past two days, telling local officials that they are necessary for conducting search and destroy operations against the Kurdistan Workers&rsquo; Party (PKK),

One is located in Kashan village and the other is in Gryye village.

He added that Turkish military activity has increased in the area, with at least fifteen villages targeted by warplanes and artillery.

Since June 15, Turkey has been conducting intense military operations in the Kurdistan Region and northern Iraq, though it routinely conducted cross-border operations before then. Ankara says that the operations are necessary to protect itself from attacks by PKK fighters.

At least nine civilians have been killed and several others wounded since the renewed operations began three months ago.

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