Turkish opposition parties voice concern over attack in Iraq

Turkish opposition parties voice concern over attack in Iraq
Update: 21 July 2022 16:12
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DEVA leader Ali Babacan and Future Party leader Ahmet Davutoglu sent their condolences to families of the victims and asked officials to illuminate the facts about the attack

Turkish opposition party leaders on Thursday expressed their concerns about an artillery strike that killed nine and wounded 23 in a holiday resort in northern Duhok region, Iraq. 

Turkey’s foreign ministry denied involvement and blamed PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party) but Iraqi government accused Turkey and demanded a complete withdrawal of Turkish forces from the region. 

“May God's mercy be upon the innocent civilians who lost their lives in Zakho; I wish patience for the grieving families. Turkey should cooperate fully with the Iraqi authorities to shed light on this incident,” tweeted Ali Babacan, the leader of Democracy and Progress Party (DEVA).

Future Party leader Ahmet Davutoglu said that the attack created a negative atmosphere against Turkey and should be clarified in cooperation with Iraqi authorities. 

Meanwhile, former Turkish ambassador to Baghdad and an MP from the CHP (Republican People’s Party) Unal Cevikoz tweeted about the protests near the Turkish Embassy in Baghdad and said he has information that embassy staff are safe and sound.