IRAQ – Assyrian Village in North Iraq Closes School After Turkish Shelling

Assyrian International News Agency | Dec. 5, 2018

Christian village near the Kurdistan Region’s northern border has temporarily halted all activities due to intermittent Turkish shelling near the area.

“The school has been in recess for the past ten days,” Nadir Gada, a teacher at the Shransha primary school told Kurdistan 24 on Tuesday, saying that the reason was continued Turkish attacks in the area.

The village, also called Shransha, lies in Duhok’s Zakho district, northwest of the regional capital of Erbil.

Turkey has routinely shelled and bombarded with warplanes territory well past its border with the Kurdistan Region, claiming nearby detection of members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), a group fighting a decades-long insurgency with Ankara over Kurdish rights and self-rule.