Protesters gathered outside the Turkish embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, on July 20, following the fatal shelling of a resort in Dohuk.
The United Nations children’s agency UNICEF said: “Three girls, one 1-year-old, one 12-year-old, and one 16-year-old” were killed in the attack.
In a statement published on Wednesday, UNICEF said: “This is the devastating proof of the need to stop the use of explosive weapons in populated areas … UNICEF condemns all acts of violence against children and joins the families in mourning the killing of their children and wishes those wounded a fast recovery.”
Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi said Turkey was responsible for the attack, saying: “Once again, the Turkish Forces committed an explicit and blatant violation of the sovereignty of Iraq, and the lives annd security of Iraqi citizens by targeting a tourist resort in the Governorate of Dohuk.”
Kadhimi continued, “Iraq reserves the full right to respond to these attacks and will take all necessary measures to protects its people and hold the aggressors accountable for the ongoing escalation."
The Turkish foreign ministry released a statement denying responsibility, saying Ankara was “against all kinds of attacks targeting civilians.” The statement said, “[Turkey] is ready to take all steps to reveal the truth.”
In April, Turkey’s military launched Operation Claw-Lock, which it said aimed to combat the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). Credit: Rudaw via Storyful