Iraqi Kurdish authorities said on Tuesday that nearly 700 families have left Sinjar in northern Iraq following Monday’s clashes between the Iraqi army and a PKK-affiliated militia called Sinjar Resistance Units.
According to Interior Ministry officials of the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) in northern Iraq, the families fleeing the Sinjar district arrived at various safe zones across the region.
An Iraqi soldier was killed during Monday’s clash between the PKK group and the army in Sinjar.
High-level military officials, including Iraqi Chief of General Staff Abdel Emir Yarallah, visited the region early Tuesday to evaluate the situation.
At the same time, following the clashes, the Iraqi Defense Ministry announced that the situation is completely under control.
The ministry added that the local people played an important role in securing the area.
In 2014, Sinjar was captured by the Daesh/ISIS terrorist group. A year later, the PKK terror organization managed to establish a foothold in the area.
The PKK, listed as a terrorist organization by Ankara, the US, and the European Union, has been responsible for the deaths of over 40,000 people, including women, children and infants, in its more than 35-year terror campaign against Turkey.