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Baghdad to Summon Turkish Ambassador over Dead Protester

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7Dnews London

Sun, 27 Jan 2019 13:40 GMT

Iraq said it would summon the Turkish ambassador over the death of a Kurdish protester, after Turkish troops opened fire on demonstrators in the country's northwest, according to a statement Sunday 27th January, AFP has reported.

On Saturday January 26th, Iraqi Kurdish protesters stormed a Turkish army position in the Shiladzeh region of north-western Iraq, to protest over the deaths of four civilians they said were killed last week in a Turkish bombardment. Last December, Baghdad summoned the Turkish ambassador to protest Ankara's "repeated" air strikes as a "violation of its sovereignty". 

Iraq's foreign ministry denounced the incident, saying one person was killed and several others wounded when Turkish forces "opened fire on citizens in the Shiladzeh area." 

Witnesses said that Turkish troops had opened fire on the demonstrators, causing casualties and damage.  

"The foreign ministry will summon the Turkish ambassador to hand a protest note about the incident and demand that it not be repeated," it added.  

Turkish forces are deployed in Iraq's northern autonomous Kurdish region and often carry out raids and air strikes against the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), seen as a terrorist group by Ankara. 


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