According to the South Kurdistan based Rojnews Agency, sources in Behdinan that asked to be mentioned anonymous for security reasons reported that KDP (Kurdistan Democratic Party) Peshmergas have handed over 5 hills in Zakho region to the Turkish army on 22 June.
The surrendered locations include Hill Serzerik in Behdinan region. Peshmergas have been stationed on this hill for some 20 years while there were also intelligence centers affiliated to the Turkish state. The hill is now completely under Turkish army control.
The other positions abandoned to Turkish forces are; Girê Xemgin across Hill Barox, Hill Casus near the villages of Girika and Qumriyê in Berwariyan region, and two hills near the tunnel in Çiyayê Sipî area at the exit of Zakho.
Turkish soldiers and military equipment were already deployed along with peshmergas in the tunnel area but the peshmergas have completely retreated and left their positions here to Turkish forces.
Rojnews reports that local people have protested the surrender of hills and positions to the Turkish army, pointing to the Turkish military presence in Behdinan region for 21 years now.