-- Survivors and relatives of the victims of Turkish bombing of Zargely village speak of their tragedy, and ask for justice and peace --
Throughout the 1990s, and between 2007 and 2012, Turkish warplanes and military forces regularly bombarded the mountain regions of Iraqi Kurdistan. Aided by the USA, the Turkish so-called “war on terror” against the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), gravely impacted the lives of thousands of subsistence farmers and shepherds, and their communities. The airstrikes and artillery bombardments killed and wounded many Kurdish civilians, destroyed and emptied villages, and burned or poisoned much agricultural land and livestock.
The peace process between the PKK and the Turkish government, which began on 21 March, 2013, raised long awaited hopes among the Kurdish people, despite being overshadowed by doubts rooted in their historic experience.
The hopes for peace were shattered when the Turkish government - under the pretext of joining the war against Da’esh (ISIS) – restarted attacks on the border regions of Iraqi Kurdistan in July of 2015. Turkey again targeted the PKK – the main force fighting against Da’esh in the region, as well as the civilians.
In the early morning hours of 1 August, 2015 Turkish warplanes fired rockets into Zergaly village, destroying houses, killing an elderly woman, and injuring her husband and three relatives.
After people from the surrounding area and other villages came to help the wounded, the warplanes returned – dropping bombs and firing more rockets on to the rescuers - killing seven and injuring eight more.
The survivors and family members speak of this tragedy…