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World Iraq: day of national mourning after the deadly strikes attributed to Turkey

16:04  21 july  2022
16:04  21 july  2022 Source:   france24.com

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Interesting and angry, BOOK Thursday July 21 The victims

Artillery fire attributed to Turkey having killed nine civilians in recreational gardens of Kurdistan, a Drama that aggravates tensions between the two neighboring countries. On the Tarmac of Erbil airport, capital of the Kurdistan autonomous region in North Iraqi, a military plane was dispatched to transport the bodies to Baghdad, according to an AFP photographer.

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brought by ambulance, nine coffins were covered with the Iraq flag and wreaths. The smallest, the size of a child, was mounted on the aircraft by the head of Iraqi diplomacy Fouad Hussein and the president of Kurdistan Nechirvan Barzani, before the plane flies to the capital .

Thursday was decreed day of national mourning and Iraqi public opinion did not take off in the aftermath of the tragedy having left nine dead and 23 injured.

Ankara denies all responsibility

Most victims are Iraqi tourists in the south or center of the country, used to flee the summer heat heat to find some freshness in the northern mountainous region, on the border with the Turkey.

Iraq accused Turkish forces of having led the artillery strikes that fell on Wednesday on recreational gardens in the Zakho district.

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Ankara denied all responsibility, pointing to the Turkish Kurdish insurgents of the

Party of the Kurdistan

workers (PKK), classified group "terrorist" by Turkey and its Western allies.

For its part, German diplomacy condemned this attack on civilians, calling for "shedding light on the circumstances and responsibilities" of these artillery fire.

Turkey, which has had dozens of military bases for 25 years in Iraqi Kurdistan, regularly launches in northern Iraq military operations against the PKK, which has training camps and rear bases there.

These Iraqi soil operations complicate relations between the Iraqi central government and Ankara, one of Iraq's first business partners.

Turkish demonstrations and flags burned

Thursday morning, near a delivery center of Turkish visas in Baghdad, placed under high police protection, a few dozen demonstrators demanded the expulsion of the Turkish ambassador, according to an AFP photographer .

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speakers broadcast patriotic songs. Some demonstrators were holding a sheet on which was written: "I am Iraqi, I ask for the expulsion of Iraq of the Turkish ambassador."

"At Turkey and the Embassy, ​​we tell them enough," says Ali Yassine.

"It uses pacifism, we want to burn the embassy, ​​the Turkish ambassador must be expelled. Our government does nothing," lambasted this 53 -year -old man.

Wednesday evening and Thursday, similar rallies took place across the country in front of Turkish visa centers, in Kirkouk north of Baghdad, or even in Kerbala or Najaf, large Shiite cities south of the capital.

Turkish flags were burned and trampled on, while on portraits printed by demonstrators the president

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

was treated as "terrorist".

In the past, the Turkish ambassador stationed in Baghdad was regularly summoned to the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs. But the Iraqi admonitions are generally without tomorrow.

This time Baghdad hardened the tone by demanding the withdrawal of the Turkish armed forces from the entire Iraqi territory. Iraq has also announced "the reminder of the Iraqi project manager in Ankara for consultations and the cessation of procedures to send a new ambassador to Turkey", according to an official statement.

On his Twitter account, the Turkey Embassy presented its condolences on Thursday "for the Iraqi brothers killed by the terrorist organization PKK".

The day before, the Turkish Foreign Ministry of Affairs had estimated that "these types of attacks" were perpetrated by "terrorist organizations", calling Iraq not "making statements under the influence of terrorist propaganda".

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Turkey’s consulate in Iraq’s Mosul comes under attack .
Foreign ministry says no causalities in the attack, and condemns the incident ‘in the strongest terms’.“We condemn this attack … in the strongest terms and expect those responsible to be brought to justice as soon as possible,” the ministry said on Wednesday.

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