Şengal tribes reject Turkish attacks on S. Kurdistan, criticize Iraqi authorities

The tribes in the Şengal district announced their absolute rejection of the Turkish occupation state's attacks on South Kurdistan, criticized the Iraqi authorities, condemned the participation of the Democratic Party forces, and called on the Iraqi authorities to assume their legal responsibilities.

Şengal tribes reject Turkish attacks on S. Kurdistan, criticize Iraqi authorities
10 July 2024   14:01

The Şengal Tribes Body issued a statement today expressing their stance on the Turkish attacks on the Medya defense areas and other various areas in South Kurdistan, affirming their firm stance against the Turkish occupation. The statement read:

"The Turkish occupation state continues its systematic assaults on both people and infrastructure in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, targeting villages and cities to empty, burn, and terrorize the peaceful residents, forcing them to leave their homes and turning the area into a military zone under pretexts and lies that deceive no one. We are well aware that the fighters of the Kurdistan Workers' Party are the ones who fought terrorism and ISIS at a time when Turkey was supporting them. All that the Turkish occupation state is doing is aimed at undermining the peoples of Iraq in general and the Kurds in particular, with the goal of annexing and occupying these areas afterward.

These brutal attacks rise to the level of war crimes that undermine the humanity of human nature. They have caused many civilian casualties and extensive environmental destruction in the Kurdistan region of Iraq. All this is happening with the complicity of the Kurdistan Democratic Party and the silence of the Baghdad government, under the watchful eyes of the international community, America, and the international coalition, who remain suspiciously silent about the crimes of the Turkish occupation state.

We, the honest sheikhs, tribes, and notables of Iraq, reject these systematic attacks and call on the international community, the Baghdad government, and the Iraqi parliament to assume their humanitarian, moral, and legal responsibilities regarding these inhumane crimes and to put an end to these ongoing attacks by the Turkish occupation state.

We affirm the necessity for the international community and the Baghdad government to take the necessary measures to prevent this barbaric onslaught on our land and our people. We are ready to defend the sovereignty of Iraq, contrary to what the Turkish occupation state thinks about demographic change and plundering the resources of the great Iraq.

As the honest tribes, sheikhs, and notables of Iraq, we also affirm our solidarity with the cries of our people in the Kurdistan region of Iraq who reject the Turkish occupation. We stand in solidarity with them to emphasize that all that the Turkish occupation state is doing are crimes that will only increase our determination to protect the sovereignty of Iraq, both land and people. We aim to turn Iraq into an oasis and embrace everyone, from north to south and from east to west, so that Iraq can truly become a federal democratic republic.”