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Turkey: Iraq

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN HL2344, tabled on 18 August 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports of the Turkish bombing of a hospital in Sinjar on 17 August; and what representations they have made about these reports to the governments of (1) Iraq, and (2) Turkey.

Answered on

2 September 2021

We regularly reiterate the need for dialogue and cooperation between Iraq and Turkey to combat terrorism, ensure regional security, and protect civilians whilst respecting Iraqi sovereignty. Reports of an attack on a hospital are deeply worrying and it is important that the full facts are established. We have repeatedly called on all parties to uphold their obligations under international humanitarian law, and we are monitoring the situation closely.

The UK welcomed last year's Sinjar Agreement as a critical step to stabilise the region- it is vital that all groups cooperate with its implementation.