HPG: Turkey carried out 24 attacks on guerrilla areas

The invading Turkish state continues its attacks on guerrilla areas in southern Kurdistan where it has been conducting an occupation campaign for over a year.

In its daily statement about the war in Kurdistan, the Press Office of the People's Defence Forces (HPG) reported uninterrupted attacks by the Turkish army in the guerrilla-held Medya Defense Zones in southern Kurdistan (northern Iraq).

According to the HPG, the Turkish army attacked the foothills of Xêrê in Garê and the vicinity of the Yekmal village three times by fighter jets on April 15.

On April 14, 15 and 16, the areas of Girê Bahar, Girê Cûdî and Girê FM were targeted by 21 attacks with attack helicopters, howitzers 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.