The “fierce artillery bombing” hit a resort in Zakho, a metropolis on the border between Iraq's Kurdistan area and Turkey, state TV mentioned.
Kids have been amongst the victims, the Kurdish well being minister mentioned in a press release, including that each one the victims died earlier than reaching a hospital.
“We go in the direction of the mountainside, there are strikes. We go in the direction of the waterfall, there are strikes. We go in the direction of this aspect, there are strikes,” mentioned Mustafa Aala, 24, who was on the resort with a good friend when the assault occurred.
“We pulled up the fence that was across the waterfall. We appeared from inside, I noticed youngsters mendacity on the bottom….It is a scene that I've by no means seen in my life,” Aala added.
The Turkish defence ministry mentioned in a press release that two PKK militants had surrendered to a Turkish safety level on the Habur border crossing with Iraq, which is about 10 km from Zakho, however made no point out of the assault. The ministry was not instantly obtainable for remark.
Turkey repeatedly carries out air strikes in northern Iraq and has despatched commandos to assist its offensives as a part of a long-running marketing campaign in Iraq and Syria in opposition to militants of the Kurdish PKK and the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia. Ankara regards each as terrorist teams.
The PKK took up arms in opposition to the Turkish state in 1984.
Greater than 40,000 individuals have been killed within the battle, which prior to now was primarily centered in southeast Turkey the place the PKK sought to create an ethnic homeland.
The highest United Nations envoy to Iraq condemned Wednesday's assault in a press release printed on Twitter and known as for an investigation.
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