Turkey hits Kurdish militants with airstrikes days after Istanbul assault

Turkey focused Kurdish militants in northern Syria and Iraq with a sequence of airstrikes on Sunday, days after a bomb assault killed six individuals in Istanbul.

Navy bases of the Kurdistan Staff’ Celebration, or PKK, and the Syrian Individuals’s Safety Items, or YPG, have been hit within the strikes, Turkish Protection Minister Hulusi Akar stated in an announcement.

“Terrorist shelters, bunkers, caves, tunnels and warehouses have been destroyed with nice success,” Akar stated. “The so-called headquarters of the terrorist group have been additionally hit and destroyed with direct hits.”

A view shows the aftermath of airstrikes, which Turkey's Defense Ministry says it carried out, in Derik, Syria, on November 20, 2022.

A view reveals the aftermath of airstrikes, which Turkey’s Protection Ministry says it carried out, in Derik, Syria, on November 20, 2022.
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People inspect a site damaged by Turkish airstrikes that hit an electricity station in the village of Taql Baql in Syria's Hasakeh province on Sunday, November 11.  20, 2022.

Individuals examine a website broken by Turkish airstrikes that hit an electrical energy station within the village of Taql Baql in Syria’s Hasakeh province on Sunday, November 11. 20, 2022.
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Turkish officers blamed the PKK and YPG for the assault in Istanbul, which left six useless and dozens injured final Sunday. Each teams have denied involvement.

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Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin tweeted that “it is time to account for Istiklal,” a reference to the avenue the place the assault occurred.

Bulgarian prosecutors arrested 5 individuals concerned within the assault: three males of Moldovan origin, in addition to a person and a lady of Syrian Kurdish origin, in accordance with Reuters.

People leave the area after an explosion on Istanbul's popular pedestrian Istiklal Avenue on Sunday, Istanbul, Sunday, November 11.  13, 2022.

Individuals depart the world after an explosion on Istanbul’s widespread pedestrian Istiklal Avenue on Sunday, Istanbul, Sunday, November 11. 13, 2022.
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The PKK, which has been combating an insurgency in Turkey since 1984, is taken into account a terrorist group by each Turkey and the US, though the US has allied with the YPG within the combat towards ISIS in Syria.

“We’re decided, decided and in a position to save our nation and our nation from the scourge of terror that has plagued our nation and our nation for 40 years,” Akar stated on Sunday.

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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