HPG: Attack helicopter shot down and 10 soldiers killed in guerrilla actions

The Turkish army attack helicopter targeted by YJA-Star fighters over the Zap two days ago has crashed, HPG reported on Friday.

The Press Centre of the People’s Defense Forces (HPG) released a statement providing information on the ongoing war in Kurdistan territory.

According to the statement, a combat helicopter of the Turkish army, which recently came under fire from the Free Women's Troops (YJA Star) over the Zap in southern Kurdistan, has crashed. This was confirmed by the mobile units of the HPG on Friday. The attack aircraft was on an attack flight on the Girê FM resistance massif on Wednesday when it was targeted by the guerrillas. After being fired upon, the helicopter caught fire and was still trying to reach the Turkish army's base camp in Hakkari on the other side of the border. Shortly afterwards, a massive explosion was heard.

The statement issued by the HPG press centre also reveals information about the latest actions of the guerrillas against the occupying forces in southern Kurdistan on Thursday. In Kanî Masî, a Turkish base was shelled with heavy weapons by units of the YJA Star. It could not be determined for sure whether there were any deaths or injuries. At the Cûdî and FM hills, two soldiers were shot by HPG snipers. In addition, a transport helicopter with airborne troops on board was forced to turn back after massive shelling on the Cûdî massif.

The guerrillas were also in action against occupation troops in Werxelê near Avaşîn. First, a shovel excavator used for the attempted demolition of a tunnel facility was taken under artillery fire, and the military had to stop their activities as a result. Later in the day, the guerrillas hit a drone that had been sent into the air over Werxelê for reconnaissance.

Eight killed in guerrilla sabotage in Şirnak

YJA-Star guerrillas carried out a sabotage action against a Turkish army armoured vehicle in the northern Kurdish province of Şırnak on Tuesday. The vehicle was reportedly moving between Girê Maymun and Girê Sinek hill when the deadly detonation was triggered. The death of eight soldiers was confirmed, while three others were injured.

Attacks by the Turkish army

As the HPG further reported, the Turkish army continues to use chemical agents against guerrilla positions in southern Kurdistan. On 4 August, 42 such attacks were carried out, targeting the areas of Girê Cûdî, Werxelê, Şikefta Birîndara and Çemço. The HPG also reported twelve airstrikes by fighter jets, 15 attacks by helicopters and numerous artillery attacks on various guerrilla areas.