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Iraq says Turkey killed Arab tourists in artillery attack on Kurdistan resort

The attack, which Turkey denied in a statement, came a day after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in Tehran to win Tehran's backing for a further invasion into northeastern Syria.
Gen. Mohammed al-Bayati, secretary of the Iraqi prime minister, visits those injured by Turkish shelling at a hospital in the city of Zakho.

At least nine Iraqi civilians were killed and dozens wounded in artillery strikes on a tourist resort in the Kurdistan Region today, which the Iraqi government blamed on Turkish forces.

Noting that most of the victims were women and children, Iraq’s Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi said in a statement that Turkish forces had “committed an explicit and blatant violation of Iraqi citizens by targeting a tourist resort in the governorate of Dahuk in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq today.” Kadhimi said the Arab tourists had died as a result of artillery strikes.

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