Turkish drone strike targets civilian settlement in Shengal

Yet another drone attack by the Turkish army on the Yazidi town of Shengal (Sinjar) in southern Kurdistan (northern Iraq).

An unmanned aerial combat vehicle (UCAV) of the Turkish state carried out an attack in the Til Ezer district of Shengal on Friday.

The attack, carried out at around 15:20 local time, left some civilian houses damaged, as images obtained by ANF from the ground show.

Further information about the attack was not immediately available.

Turkey conducts ongoing drone attacks in northern Iraq and northern Syria. The last drone attack in Shengal took place on September 11 when a Turkish drone attack targeted a vehicle of the Shengal Resistance Units (YBŞ). In a statement on the same day, YBŞ stated that no people were killed in the attack which took place near an Iraqi army base in the village of Behreva near Xanesor (Khanasor) town.

Since Shengal was liberated from the murderous ISIS gangs, there have been constant drone attacks on the population, YBŞ said, adding: "Clearly, the Turkish state wants to complete what ISIS has failed to do. Since the ISIS genocide of 2014, which the Yazidi community refers to as Ferman, the people of Shengal have been attacked by Turkey using cowardly and unethical methods. The aim is to prevent the Yazidis who have been displaced by ISIS from returning to their homes and to render the population helpless and unable to defend themselves.”

Shortly before, on August 29, two YBŞ fighters were injured in a Turkish drone attack. On the same day, Evizet Abdullah Abid, a civilian father of six children, was killed in a drone attack in the Maxmur refugee camp. The Turkish state makes no distinction between armed forces and civilians in its attacks.

In Shengal, air strikes have increasingly been carried out since 2017 under the pretext of "fighting the PKK". The specific targets are mostly representatives and institutions of the Democratic Autonomous Assembly of Shengal (MXDŞ) and the defence units YBŞ/YJŞ. The casualties are mainly civilians - often survivors of the 2014 ISIS genocide. In June, three civilians were killed in a Turkish drone attack in Shengal, including a twelve-year-old child. In February, three civilian Arab workers died in multi-hour bombings on 22 targets. In December 2021, Merwan Bedel, co-chair of the MXDŞ Executive Commission, a long-time core personality of the autonomous administration, was assassinated in a Turkish drone strike. A doctor and nurses were among the eight people killed in an air strike on a hospital in Sikêniyê in August 2021.

In the autonomous region of northern and eastern Syria, 27 people were killed in Turkish drone attacks in August, including eight minors.