Iraq to compensate victims of Turkish assault

Gov't to pay $830 to every Kurdish family displaced by Turkish bombings, prime minister Al-Maliki says.
Iraq to compensate victims of Turkish assault
By AFP
Sun 30 Dec 2007 07:30 PM

Iraqi prime minister Nuri Al-Maliki has ordered the government to pay one million dinars ($830) to every Kurdish family displaced by Turkish bombings, his office said on Sunday.

"The prime minister has ordered the formation of a committee that will visit these families and pay each of them a million dinars," a statement said, adding that the aid will be given in coordination with the Iraqi Red Crescent.

It did not say how many families have been displaced by the Turkish bombings in northern Iraq's Kurdish region.

In the past few weeks, Turkish warplanes have regularly bombed areas inside Iraq along the border with Turkey in an attempt to flush out rebels from the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) who have their bases in the region.

The PKK uses the mountainous terrain of northern Iraq to launch attacks against Turkey.

The rebel group has fought for a self-rule in southeastern Turkey since 1984 but in recent times Ankara has intensified strikes against its groups inside Iraq.

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