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Turkish Jets Shell Several Areas in Kurdistan Region, Says Official

Turkish warplanes once again shelled several areas in the Kurdistan Region's sub-district of Bradost, a Kurdish official said.

Director of Sidakan sub-district, Ihsan Jalabi, said on Friday (August 11) the Turkish military jets shelled Sineen and Khwakurk areas in Bradost at 8:50 a.m.

The airstrikes caused a big fire in the areas and damaged the environment and nature of the areas, Jalabi added.

Turkey resumed the shelling of suspected Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) positions inside the Kurdistan Region in July 2015 after a two-year ceasefire between the Turkish military and the PKK came to an end.

Those air strikes have destroyed villages and agricultural areas across the region's northern border with Turkey. Residents of many villages have evacuated their homes as airstrikes continue.

The conflict between Turkey and the PKK -- which demands the creation of an independent Kurdish state -- has continued for over 25 years and has claimed more than 40,000 lives.

The PKK has waged a decades-long armed struggle against Turkey's government for greater autonomy and cultural rights for the country's Kurdish population.

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