HPG reports 32 Turkish attacks on guerrilla areas

While the guerrillas have been in a defensive position for humanitarian reasons since the severe earthquake in the Turkish-Syrian border region on 6 February, the Turkish state continues its attacks against guerrilla areas.

According to the daily statement by the Press Office of the People's Defence Forces (HPG), the Turkish army continues its attacks on guerrilla areas in the Medya Defense Zones in southern Kurdistan (northern Iraq).

HPG reported that the guerrilla positions 32 times from the air and land.

On April 21, the Girê Cûdî Resistance Area in Zap region was attacked by the Turkish army with heavy weapons. Guerrillas of YJA Star (Free Women’s Troops) responded to the attack to defend themselves and destroyed a surveillance camera system in the ensuing confrontation.

On April 20, the Turkish army attacked the Girê Hakkâri Resistance area with heavy weapons. Guerrillas responded to the attack in self-defense, resulting in an armed confrontation.

On April 20, 21 and 22, the vicinity of the Sêgirê village in Amediye Resistance Area and the area of Şelazê in Metina region were targeted by 6 aerial bombardments.

On April 20 and 21, the areas of Girê Bahar, Girê FM and Girê Cûdî were targeted by 26 attacks with tanks and heavy weapons.

Turkey's attacks continue despite a ceasefire announced by the Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK). The decision was taken after the devastating earthquake disaster in the Turkish-Syrian border area on 6 February. The Kurdish guerrillas, which include the HPG and the YJA Star (Free Women's Troops), are implementing the call for a cessation of all hostilities and are in a defensive position.

In a statement on February 9, the Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK), an umbrella organization of the Kurdish freedom movement of which the PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party) is also a member, called for a halt of military actions in Turkey, in metropolises and cities. “It is necessary to prevent the people from experiencing even more suffering in this affliction”, said Cemil Bayık, co-chairman of the executive council of the KCK.

The Central Headquarters of the People's Defence Forces (HSM) expressed support for the KCK's call and said on February 11 that the guerrillas were ready to do their part to alleviate the suffering of people.

On March 27, the KCK Executive Council co-chair Besê Hozat announced that the unilateral ceasefire would remain in place until after the elections to be held in Turkey on May 14.

According to the annual balance sheet for the war in the Medya Defence Zones, published by the Central Headquarters of the People's Defence Forces on April 14, the Turkish army carried out 3,730 attacks with chemical and other unconventional bombs on guerrilla areas, 4,233 attacks by combat aircraft and 5,628 attacks by combat helicopters.