HPG statement on Turkish air raids in South Kurdistan

HPG said that there was no guerrilla movement in the areas targeted by Turkish jets last night, stressing that; “These attacks are no different from the genocidal ISIS mentality.”

The Press Office of People’s Defense Forces (HPG) released a statement on last night’s massive aerial bombardments on Maxmur, Shengal (Sinjar) and Medya Defense Zones in southern Kurdistan (northern Iraq).

HPG stressed that there was no movement or activity of the guerrilla forces in Maxmur and Shengal regions that were shelled by Turkish jets last night.

The statement said; “These attacks are no different from the genocidal ISIS mentality.” It added that guerrillas suffered no losses as a result of the airstrikes on guerrilla-held Medya Defense Zones.

The HPG statement said the following; “The occupant Turkish state has carried out airstrikes on Medya Defense Zones, Maxmur Refugee Camp and Shengal. The invading army claimed in the reports circulated via the media under its control that the strikes on Maxmur and Shengal were directed against the PKK. The invading Turkish state seeks to cover up the massacres it is to commit by distorting the truth on the attacks that have targeted civilian population protecting their land and the self-defense forces they themselves have formed.”


The statement continued: “The true face of the genocidal Turkish state has been exposed once again by these attacks against our people in Maxmur refugee camp who fled the atrocities of the occupant Turkish state and the Yazidi people in Shengal who have resisted and fought against ISIS.

The colonialist Turkish state, which doesn’t recognise a single value and achievement of the Kurds anywhere, has been carrying out flagrant attacks with various excuses. These attacks target the achievements of the Kurdish people and other peoples in the region. These attacks against the peoples of Maxmur and Shengal, who have resisted ISIS, are no different than the genocidal mentality of the ISIS.”


HPG stressed that there was no activity or movement of the guerrilla forces in the areas in question, adding; “Any attack of the occupiers against the Kurdish people and their achievements of in any part of Kurdistan will be responded by our forces most fiercely.”


HPG announced the details of the attacks that targeted Medya Defense Zones at 00:05 on May 15 (today) as follows:

“Fighter jets bombed the Sida and Martyr Rüstem areas in Zap region, the Werxele area in Avashin region, Sinine area in Xakurke region and the areas of Şehidan and Zergele in Qandil region.

Our forces did not suffer any casualties as a result of these bombardments.”