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Turkey claims 12 PKK killed in raid, Kurds say they were civilians

By RÛDAW 10/1/2016
Screenshot of the aftermath of the raid in Van shows the dead bodies lying in the snow. DHA footage.
Screenshot of the aftermath of the raid in Van shows the dead bodies lying in the snow. DHA footage.

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Turkey said it had killed 12 PKK fighters in a raid Sunday in the Kurdish city of Van, but Kurdish groups insisted the Special Operations Forces had stormed a home and massacred civilians.

The pro-Ankara Daily Sabah said “a police officer has been killed and two others have been wounded during an anti-terror operation against the PKK in eastern Van province on Sunday, where 12 terrorists were killed.”

It quoted Van Governor Ibrahim Tasyapan as saying that the operation against the PKK – or Kurdistan Workers’ Party -- took place around dawn.

"The police was tracking the group, but we also received related notices from our citizens,” he said, revealing that two special-forces troops were slightly wounded in the operation.

“Sources added that 30 grenades, 12 long-barreled weapons and a machine gun were seized during a search of the premises,” the Daily Sabah website reported.

But the pro-Kurdish Firat News Agency (ANF), meanwhile, said that the home had been occupied by young Kurds “dressed in civilian clothes.”

The agency cited an official from the pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP) as saying the incident amounts  to a “mass execution.”

"They are all young people in civilian clothes, as has been conveyed to us by those who saw the bodies, ANF quoted HDP official Tugba Hezer as saying. “This is a mass execution."

Video footage released by the Dogan News Agency showed what it said was the aftermath of the raid in Van, with bodies lying in the snow.

According to reports the slain were aged between 18 and 25.

Other reports released by the HDP and the Turkish Human Rights Organization claim that more than 160 civilians --  excluding the Van victims – have been killed in the fallout of clashes and curfews by Turkish authorities in the country’s Kurdish southeast, particularly over the past month.

Fighting between the PKK and the Turkish government resumed in late July, after the government did badly at the polls and began an abrupt crackdown on the PKK.

The renewed fighting shattered a slow-moving peace process that had been two years in the making and which was meant to end Turkey’s three decade Kurdish conflict, in which 40,000 have died.

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hate turkey | 10/1/2016
I wish Russia would bomb turkey. they r nothing but terrorist. the USA r getting tired of turning a blind eye.
bebegun | 10/1/2016
I commend Rudaw for finely setting proper focus on the attrocities commited by the Turkish state.
Gokce Kavak | 10/1/2016
Because the Kurds wanted to call,deceiving EU, saying any people who's trying to oppose Kurdish people will call as criminals. This is NOT possible if they couldn't tell the Turkish government more thoroughly and what they "really" wanted to say to know the Earth's ongoing situations.
kemal marashi | 11/1/2016
Turkish special forces on twitter admitted that it was a summary execution and will again do if they capture a Kurd! Turkey is out of control right in front of eyes of the western world and no any of them says anything. The Wests spoiled partner is truly out of control and this is pure fascism! Our southern brothers should stop any kind of relations with this fascists!
KURDISH UNITY | 11/1/2016
PKK is collaborating with Turkey in its war on Kurds,killing Kurds of every condition and age.It is about ethnic cleansing against the Kurdish nation in which the PKK is there to "legitimize" the Turkish crimes and label them as anti-terror operations.PKK is Turkey.Obama has agreed with Erdogan on this genocide against the Kurds.Three repulsive criminals are Turkey,Obama and PKK.-In the name of humanity I address herewith the RUSSIAN President to do something to save the Kurds from this genocide agreed by the American president Barak Husein Obama.
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