Turkish army terrorises villagers in Yüksekova
The Turkish army has launched a military operation in Yüksekova and is terrorising the villagers. In the run-up to the operation, the village of Zêvkan was besieged by military forces and six people from one family were detained.
The Turkish army has launched a military operation in Yüksekova district in Hakkari province. In the run-up to the operation, the village of Zêvkan was besieged by military forces. The soldiers entered the village early on Wednesday morning, stormed several houses and detained six people from one family. Those detained were taken to the gendarmerie (military police) command centre in Yüksekova. The file is under secrecy, and legal assistance has been banned for 24 hours.
The siege of the village continued into the night. Then the soldiers withdrew from the village and a military operation was launched on the high mountain pastures in the surrounding areas of Gola Qaza, Bin Çiya and Kaniya Xwînê. The operation is still ongoing.
Yüksekova is located in the extreme south-east of Turkish territory and is known as a Kurdish resistance stronghold. The Turkish army operates a large base area in the mountainous region of Yüksekova. To the south, the district borders the Kurdistan Region of Iraq and thus the Medya Defence Areas. In June, the Turkish army invaded the villages of Şîşemzîn, Xurekana Temo and Xurekana Seyîda. The villagers were insulted and abused by soldiers. At least twenty people were abducted in the area of a military operation that started at the same time, among them four shepherds with Iranian citizenship, several elderly women and an eight-year-old child. Apparently, they were to be abused as "human shields".