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Kurdistan

Reports: hundreds of civilians killed in PKK-Turkey confrontations

By Zhelwan Z. Wali 10/1/2016
Turkish soldiers deployed after clashes between Turkish forces and PKK militants in Silvan in Diyarbakir Province. Photo: AFP.
Turkish soldiers deployed after clashes between Turkish forces and PKK militants in Silvan in Diyarbakir Province. Photo: AFP.

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Turkey’s largest pro-Kurdish party and its human rights foundation reported Sunday that more than 160 civilians,  including women, were  killed in the fallout of clashes and curfews by Turkish authorities in the country’s Kurdish southeast.

According to a report by the People’s Democratic Party (HDP), Turkey imposed a string of curfews on several Kurdish cities and towns, resulting in the deaths of 161 civilians, 30 of them women.

"The besieging  of seven Kurdish cities and 20 townships and storming civilian homes for 280 days is still ongoing, and they (Turkey) has constantly renewed curfews 56 times and they are still in place," the report read.

The Turkish Human Rights Foundation, meanwhile, reported that between August and January, 162 civilians have been killed in confrontations between the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and the Turkish army during curfews in Turkey’s Kurdish cities.

"The report puts special emphasis on human rights violations after Dec. 11, 2015 and says that civilians' lives have been hugely affected by the way curfews are imposed, the size of areas implicated, increasing military crackdowns and the hardened discourse by the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government," the Turkish Sunday's Zaman reported.

It added that more than "260 members of the security forces have been killed in clashes with the PKK since a cease-fire negotiated by jailed PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan and the government collapsed in July."

Ongoing clashes between the Turkish army and residents of Turkey's southeastern Kurdish cities have displaced hundreds of thousands of civilians and led to the deaths of hundreds,

The Turkish army declared a series of military curfews in several neighborhoods of the Kurdish district of Sur in Turkey’s Diyarbakir province in early December. Since then, clashes have been underway, with dozens of civilians and policemen reportedly killed and wounded.

Thousands of people have fled Sur district in recent weeks, with the area under a tough curfew for a month. Clashes have been ongoing.

People across Kurdish cities in Turkey have protested against the curfew in Sur, calling for an end to the hostilities, according to reports.

Turkish media reports say that more than 100 people are believed to have been killed and 100,000 others displaced.

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PKK IS NOT TERORRIST,PKK IS HERO | 10/1/2016
NO NO NO NOT TRUE,PKK FIGHTING TO TURKEY?NO .PKK IS BUSY TO FIGHT NOW ONLY DEVIL ISIS. IN TURKEY KURDISTAN ONLY BUT JUST SURELY TURKEY KILLING INNOCENT PEOPLE,WHICH ALL TO MAKE DICTATOR ERDOYAN MORE DICTATOR PRESIDENT.AND WESTERN WORLD ONLY WATCHING THIS TERORRIST DICTATOR POLICE AND SOLDIER MAKING EVEN WORSE THAN WAR CRIME.THEY MUST PAY.BUT KURDS DOESNT HAVE A STATE EVEN OUR MEDIA NOT HELPING THEM.HELP THE KURDS NOW,TOMORROW IS LATE.
Hersh | 10/1/2016
Look at the picture, how many democracies deploy their army with heavy weapons such as tanks against their own population in dozens of towns and cities across vast parts of their country? Except for a few years this is what the Kurds have been living under for more than 4 decades, and the world is silent to all the atrocities and violations the Turkish state commits because Turkey is "strategic".
Kurdish Unity | 10/1/2016
A major calamity is imposed by Turkey against the Kurdish people.Not even one single word of condemnation because the Kurds are a stateless nation put under the violence of a hostile and violent states.
OneoutofMillionsofKurds | 10/1/2016
Mr. ErDOGan..look for a deep hole..much deeper than the Saddam's hole. It is time to end Turkish rule in North Kurdistan once and for all.I hope everyone goes out and screams BIJI KURD, BIJI KURDISTAN. If everyone does it, the turks cannot do anything about it. The Turkish police and army can only murder and terrorize armless and defenceless civilians. When they are met with someone that has same weapons, they are the cowardest l.o.s.e.r.s of all.
Kurdish Unity | 10/1/2016
The PKK is tragically infiltrated and manipulted by Turkey in its genocidal war on Kurds.The PKK is there only to justify and "legitimize" the Turkish genocidal war on Kurds.The international silence is utterely inhumane and criminal.Obama has agreed in a phone call with Erdogan on this war,and both NATO and the U.N. has explicity agreed to the Turkish war on Kurds.
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