HPG reports ongoing Turkish attacks on guerrilla areas

The invading Turkish army shelled guerrilla areas 10 times by fighter jets and 36 times with attack helicopters, howitzers, tanks and heavy weaponry.

The Press Centre of the People's Defence Forces (HPG) released a statement providing information about the recent attacks by the Turkish army in the guerrilla-held Medya Defense Zones in southern Kurdistan (northern Iraq).

According to the statement, the invading forces carried out 46 attacks on guerrilla areas on 12 March.

In the Zap region, Turkish troops attacked the Girê Cûdî Resistance Area, to which guerrillas responded, inflicting a blow on the invaders.

Turkish airstrikes targeted the areas of Girê Çarçêl and Serê Metîna, and the vicinity of the Şelazê village in the Metina region; the area of Geliyê Balinda in Zap and surroundings of the Lolan River in Xakurkê.

The Turkish army carried out a total of 36 attacks with attack helicopters, howitzers, tanks and heavy weaponry against the Girê Cûdî and Girê FM Resistance Areas, and the guerrilla positions in Çemço and Sîda.

Çemço and Sida belong to the Sheladize sub-district near the town of Amadiya in Duhok governorate and have been the focus of the occupation forces since the partial withdrawal of the Turkish army from the Zap region at the end of last year.

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.