Guerrillas strike Turkish bases in South Kurdistan, destroying a tank

Guerrillas targeted Turkish army bases in southern Kurdistan with heavy weapons and destroyed a tank. On Tuesday, six members of the invading forces were killed, while the Turkish army continues to use chemical weapons against guerrillas.

The press center of the People's Defense Forces (HPG) released a statement providing information about the war ongoing in the guerrilla-held Medya Defense Zones in southern Kurdistan (northern Iraq) where the Turkish army has been conducting an invasion operation since April 17.

According to the statement published on Wednesday, guerrillas struck two bases of the Turkish army in southern Kurdistan (northern Iraq) and destroyed a tank.

"Our forces continue their actions against the Turkish occupying army which uses dirty war methods and massively attacks our fighting positions in the resistance areas with chemical weapons. Against the resistance of our forces, it still does not achieve any results."

According to the HPG statement, six soldiers were killed and two others injured in the guerrilla actions on May 10, and a tank was destroyed at the Turkish base in Bamernê in Metîna. Bamernê is administratively part of Duhok governorate and is located west of Amadiya. The Turkish army base in Bamernê was built on the site of the old airport and is used as a logistical base.

Regarding the details of the guerrilla actions in the Avaşîn, Zap and Metîna regions and the Turkish army's continued occupation attacks on the Medya Defense Zones, HPG provided the following information:


In Avaşîn, fighting continues to focus on the Werxelê mountain massif. On Monday, YJA Star (Free Women’s Troops) guerrillas carried out several actions with heavy weapons against the invading forces. At 4:20 p.m., the guerrillas hit a Turkish military unit that was trying to camp near guerrilla positions. Two soldiers were killed and two others were wounded. Turkish fighter jets subsequently bombed the area, and the dead and wounded were taken away by helicopters in the evening. Two more actions by YJA Star guerrillas targeted the invaders at 1:10 p.m. and 6 p.m.


At Kuro Jahro, Turkish troops were struck by guerrillas with heavy weapons on May 9 and 10, hitting the intended targets with pinpoint accuracy. The YJA Star guerrillas carried out two pinpoint assaults with heavy weapons at Girê Şehîd Şemdîn, also located in the Kuro Jahro resistance area, on Monday.

At Girê Şehîd Cûdî in the Karker resistance area, the invading forces wanted to cut down trees near guerrilla positions on Monday. The guerrillas intervened and one soldier was killed as a result. On Monday evening, Turkish attack helicopters were driven away by the guerrillas while attacking the resistance areas of Kuro Jahro and Girê Rûbar.

Turkish troops in the Girê Şehîd Şahîn resistance area were struck by guerrillas with heavy weapons Monday afternoon and forced to partially retreat. The Girê Şehîd Berxwedan was massively bombed with chemical weapons by the Turkish army between 12 noon and 9 p.m. The Turkish army was forced to retreat.


At 2:55 p.m. on May 10, guerrillas struck the Turkish base at Kanî Masî in the Amadiya district with heavy weapons. This was followed at 4 p.m. by another action targeting the base in Barmernê, in which a tank was destroyed and three soldiers were killed.


The Turkish army continues to carry out extensive air and artillery attacks on the Medya Defense Zones, using fighter jets, helicopters and howitzers.

The foothills of Girê Şekîf in Xakurke were bombed with howitzers on May 9 and 10. In Gare, an air strike was carried out on Deşta Kafya on May 10. Also on Monday, the Girê Hakkari in Metîna was attacked by Turkish border guards with howitzers.

In the Zap region, the areas of Girê Cûdî, Girê Amediye and Girê FM were bombed by fighter jets seven times on Tuesday.

On May 10, the areas of Şehîd Şahîn, Çiyareş, , Kurojahro, Şehîd Harûn, Girê Şehîd Şemdîn, Girê Cehennem, Çemço, Saca, Karker and Şikefta Birîndar were shelled by attack helicopters, and by fighter jets nine times.”