(MENAFN) After Turkey assaulted what it had suspected to be Kurdish rebel camps in northern Iraq, along the countries' shared border, Iraq's Foreign Ministry has condemned the attack.
Labeling the assault as "violations", the ministry said that it led to the death of a number of civilians in a statement released late on Thursday.
Turkey's state-run news agency said Turkish jets launched the attacks after drones detected militants preparing to launch an attack against Turkey. Anadolu Agency said the operation reportedly "neutralized" nine militants.
The Turkish authorities often use the term "neutralized" to imply that the militants in question either surrendered or were killed or captured.
Turkey regularly targets the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, in northern Iraq, where they maintain bases.