Turkish warplanes target PMU hospital in northern Iraq

Turkish warplanes target PMU hospital in northern Iraq

Turkish warplanes have reportedly bombarded a military hospital belonging to forces of the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) — or Hashd al-Sha’abi — resistance group in northern Iraq’s Nineveh Province.

AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): Turkish warplanes have reportedly bombarded a military hospital belonging to forces of the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) — or Hashd al-Sha’abi — resistance group in northern Iraq’s Nineveh Province.

Iraq’s Mawazin News cited an unnamed security source as saying on Tuesday that the hospital is located in the village of al-Sakina, south of Mount Sinjar.

“The [Turkish] warplanes target everyone who tries to evacuate the wounded from the hospital,” the source said, adding that initial reports confirm that some were martyred and injured during the air raid.

According to Sabereen News, a Telegram news channel associated with the PMU, the Turkish warplanes targeted all vehicles trying to approach the hospital.

No further details were reported.

The PMU, which is the largest coalition of Iraqi resistance groups, has played a key role in Iraq’s 2017 victory against the Daesh terrorist group.

Since the defeat of Daesh, however, the anti-terror group has been targeted repeatedly by the US military, prompting Iraqi resistance groups to step up efforts to push the US out of their country over its destabilizing activities.

The PMU has also played a significant role in protecting Iraq’s sovereignty and territorial integrity against hostile and occupying forces.

Turkey has been militarily engaged in northern Iraqi with the purported aim of fighting the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militant group, which has been designated as a terrorist group by Turkey, the United States and the European Union.

The Iraqi government has condemned Ankara’s ongoing military operations in northern Iraq, stating that the Turkish government intends to seize control of the strategic northwestern city of Mosul and annex it to its own territory.

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