Protesters Gather Outside Turkish Consulate in Basra After Kurdish Resort Bombed

Iraqi protesters gathered outside the Turkish consulate in Basra on July 21 after Turkish artillery strikes reportedly killed at least eight people and wounded at least 23 at a resort in Dohuk, Kurdistan, a day earlier.

“Once again, the Turkish forces committed an explicit and blatant violation of the sovereignty of Iraq, and the lives and security of Iraqi citizens,” said Mustafa Al-Kadhimi, Iraq’s Prime Minister, in an official statement on Twitter. He said that most of the casualties were women and children.

Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu denied both official and unofficial claims that Turkish forces carried out the attack during a live broadcast with Turkish state media, reported TRT.

The footage shows a crowd gathered outside of the Turkish consulate in Basra, where protesters can be seen briefly engaging with security forces clad in protective gear. At one point, protesters set fire to a poster with Turkish President Recep Erdogan’s face alongside the Turkish flag.

According to journalist Hassan Sabah, who shot the video, at the end of the footage, security forces can be seen distributing cold drinking water to the protesters as temperatures reached about 50 degrees Celsius (122 Fahrenheit). Credit: Hassan Sabah via Storyful

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