PKK fighters on their way to battle / ANF

10/08/2016 - 17:18 0
Dozens Killed in Recent Clashes Between Turkish State Forces and Kurdish Guerrillas

Clashes have continued escalating between Turkish state forces and Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK) guerrillas recently after a brief period of quiet following the military coup attempt.

Turkish and Kurdish sources have reported several large attacks by People's Defence Forces (HPG) guerrillas, the military wing of the PKK, in recent days.

According to the Turkish General Chief of Staff at least 8 soldiers were killed and 18 others wounded in two attacks on Tuesday in the Uludere district of Şırnak, which is still under curfew. Kurdish sources said the numbers were much higher.

The HPG Press Office also reported that guerrillas had carried out a sabotage action in Çatak (Şax), Van on 5 August, which left 8 soldiers dead. In another attack, guerrillas hit a Turkish military unit after infiltrating their emplacements in Çatak on 8 August leaving 6 soldiers dead and 4 others wounded.

Guerrillas also ambushed Turkish soldiers carrying out an operation in the rural areas of Demirli village in Diyarbakir's Kulp district late Tuesday evening and according to Turkish media killed 2 soldiers and injured a further 2.

6 PKK fighters were also reported to have died in Hakkari's Şemdinli district during a 2-day battle against Turkish forces between 5-7 August. The HPG claimed that at least 30 soldiers had been killed in these clashes.

The Peoples' United Revolutionary Movement (HBDH), which is a joint Turkish-Kurdish guerrilla force that includes the PKK, has also expanded its attacks to the Black Sea region and staged several actions in Giresun so far, killing at least half a dozen soldiers and police officers, as reported by Turkish media.

Military operations continue across the Kurdish region following the coup attempt as Turkish officials have chosen to lump together what they call the putschist 'Fethullahist Terrorist Organisation' (FETÖ) and PKK.

Despite calls from the Peoples' Democratic Party and leaders of the PKK for a return to negotiations with the Turkish state, President Erdogan and other state officials have rejected calls and so far denied a meeting with imprisoned PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan.

Source: Several