Turkish military rejects northern Iraqi village hit in strikes against PKK

The Turkish military on Sunday refuted reports that a village in northern Iraq was bombed during air strikes against Kurdistan Workersand’ Party (PKK) targets in the Kandil Mountains in northern Iraq.
In a statement posted on its website, the General Staff said the conclusion was reached, after an assessment of media reports, that the area targeted during the air strikes was a shelter for PKK terrorists, not a village, and that there were no civilians in or near the scene of the aerial bombardment.
Kurdish media outlets reported on Saturday that several civilians were killed during a bombardment by Turkish jet fighters in the village of Zargala on the outskirts of the Kandil Mountains.
Iraqi Kurdish leader Massoud Barzaniand’s office then condemned the Turkish bombing and called on the PKK to withdraw from the Iraqi Kurdish territory in order not to put civilian lives at risk.
In a statement later in the day, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said Turkey was andquotsaddenedandquot by reports that civilians might have been killed in Turkish air strikes, promising to launch an investigation into the incident.
The Foreign Ministry said the air strikes are being conducted with high precision and carried out only after intelligence gathered determines that there are no civilians in the area.
The General Staff also said the targets of the air strikes were determined by qualified personnel as a result of a and”highly meticulous and detailed assessment.and”