KRI: Makhmour Refugee Camp targeted by Turkish drone strike

KRI: Makhmour Refugee Camp targeted by Turkish drone strike
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The camp of 12,000 Kurdish refugees has yet again been hit by a drone, after the attack in May that killed one

The Makhmour Refugee Camp in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) was targeted by a Turkish drone strike on Tuesday, according to reports by local news agencies.

While there were no casualties reported, the attack inflicted material damage in the camp.

In a statement after the attack, camp officials called upon the United Nations and human rights organizations to raise their voices against ongoing attacks on the camp.

Earlier, on 21 May, a civilian vehicle in the camp was targeted by a Turkish drone strike, and a person named Haci Mirza Eli was fatally injured. Eli later died in the hospital.

The camp was targeted in 3 September 2021, as well.

About 12,000 people live in Makhmour Refugee Camp, which is located about 60 km southwest of KRI's capital Erbil.

Most of the residents are families who were forced to leave their villages in the Kurdish-majority provinces of Turkey in the 1990s due to repression and forced evacuation of rural settlements.

The camp receives the support of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), who provides the residents of the camp with legal documentation, which in turn allows them access to education and health services.