Protests Erupt Across Iraq After Strike on Zakho Park

Published July 21st, 2022 - 11:12 GMT

Children were among nine people who were killed in a park in Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region Wednesday by artillery fire in the Zakho district in the north of the country. Protesters hit the streets in various regions in Iraq to denounce the latest attacks.

No one claimed responsibility for the attacks. However, Baghdad accused Turkey of the latest missiles of the Zakho district which led to the death of nine civilians and injury of 23 others.

On the other hand, Turkey rejected the Iraqi Prime Minister's claims of being responsible for the latest shelling of the Kurdistan's Zakho district hinting that the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) may have been responsible.

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A protester waves an Iraqi national flag as security forces stand guard outside the Turkish visa office in Baghdad on July 21, 2022 during a demonstration against an attack on the country's autonomous Kurdistan region blamed on Turkey. (Photo by AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP)

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The shelling in the Zakho district village of Parakh wounded 23 people, the majority of them domestic tourists seeking respite from the heat of the plains in the mountains of the Kurdish north. (Photo by AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP)

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Pallbearers carry the casket of one of the victims killed a day earlier in a Kurdish hill village in an attack blamed on Turkey, before being flown to their cities from the airport in Arbil, the capital of Iraq's northern Kurdish autonomous region, on July 21, 2022. (Photo by SAFIN HAMED / AFP)

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Iraqi protesters step on a Turkish national flag outside the Turkish visa office in Baghdad on July 21, 2022 during a demonstration against an attack on the country's autonomous Kurdistan region blamed on Turkey. (Photo by AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP)

Zakho district

Nine civilians including children were killed in a park in Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region by artillery fire that Baghdad blamed on neighbouring Turkey, a country engaged in a cross-border offensive. (Photo by Qassem al-KAABI / AFP)

Zakho district

Iraqis chant slogans demanding the expulsion of the Turkish ambassador, outside the Turkish visa office in Baghdad on July 21, 2022 during a demonstration against an attack on the country's autonomous Kurdistan region blamed on Turkey. (Photo by AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP)

Zakho district

An Iraqi protester burns a Turkish national flag outside the Turkish visa office in Baghdad on July 21, 2022 during a demonstration against an attack on the country's autonomous Kurdistan region blamed on Turkey. (Photo by AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP)

Zakho district

The shelling in the Zakho district village of Parakh wounded 23 people, the majority of them domestic tourists seeking respite from the heat of the plains in the mountains of the Kurdish north. (Photo by Shwan NAWZAD / AFP)

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A protester waves an Iraqi national flag as security forces stand guard outside the Turkish visa office in Baghdad on July 21, 2022 during a demonstration against an attack on the country's autonomous Kurdistan region blamed on Turkey. (Photo by AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP)
Zakho district
The shelling in the Zakho district village of Parakh wounded 23 people, the majority of them domestic tourists seeking respite from the heat of the plains in the mountains of the Kurdish north. (Photo by AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP)
Zakho district
Pallbearers carry the casket of one of the victims killed a day earlier in a Kurdish hill village in an attack blamed on Turkey, before being flown to their cities from the airport in Arbil, the capital of Iraq's northern Kurdish autonomous region, on July 21, 2022. (Photo by SAFIN HAMED / AFP)
Zakho district
Iraqi protesters step on a Turkish national flag outside the Turkish visa office in Baghdad on July 21, 2022 during a demonstration against an attack on the country's autonomous Kurdistan region blamed on Turkey. (Photo by AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP)
Zakho district
Nine civilians including children were killed in a park in Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region by artillery fire that Baghdad blamed on neighbouring Turkey, a country engaged in a cross-border offensive. (Photo by Qassem al-KAABI / AFP)
Zakho district
Iraqis chant slogans demanding the expulsion of the Turkish ambassador, outside the Turkish visa office in Baghdad on July 21, 2022 during a demonstration against an attack on the country's autonomous Kurdistan region blamed on Turkey. (Photo by AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP)
Zakho district
An Iraqi protester burns a Turkish national flag outside the Turkish visa office in Baghdad on July 21, 2022 during a demonstration against an attack on the country's autonomous Kurdistan region blamed on Turkey. (Photo by AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP)
Zakho district
The shelling in the Zakho district village of Parakh wounded 23 people, the majority of them domestic tourists seeking respite from the heat of the plains in the mountains of the Kurdish north. (Photo by Shwan NAWZAD / AFP)

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