HPG: Turkish attacks on guerrilla areas continue

The Turkish army continues its attacks on guerrilla positions in southern Kurdistan although 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 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 army continued its attacks on guerrilla areas on March 24 and 25.

The Turkish army carried out two attacks on the guerrilla positions in Sida in the Zap region on March 24. Guerrillas responded to the attack to defend themselves.

On March 24, Turkish fighter jets carried out 12 strikes on the areas of Golka, Girê Bahar, Girê Amediyê and Girê Cûdî in Metina, as well as the vicinity of the Sêgirê village in Amadiya.

On the same day, Turkish attack helicopters carried out 14 strikes on the areas of Girê Cûdî, Girê FM, Kurojahro and Saca, and the guerrilla positions in Çemço.

The guerrilla positions in Çemço and Sida were targeted by 16 attacks with howitzers, tanks and heavy weapons on March 24 and 25.

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.