HPG: Turkish attacks with banned weapons continue

The Turkish army continues its attacks on the Kurdish guerrillas who have been in a defensive position for humanitarian reasons since the earthquake on February 6.

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).

HPG stated that the guerrilla positions in Çemço were attacked with banned weapons on 17 March, Friday.

On the same day, the Turkish army also carried out aerial bombardments on the guerrilla positions in Çemço, Girê Cûdî Resistance Area and the areas of Golka and Girê Çarçêl in Metina.

73 other attacks with howitzers, mortars, tanks and heavy weapons were directed against Girê Ortê in Metina, Girê FM Resistance Area and the guerrilla positions in Çemço and Sida on 16 and 17 March.

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.