Qandil cemetery for PKK fighters destroyed in airstrike / ANF
Airstrikes by the Turkish army on 18 February destroyed a Kurdish cemetery belonging to Kurdish PKK fighters in the Qandil Mountain area near the group's bases in the Kurdistan Regional Government.
According to the Turkish military 11 PKK positions were struck between 20:00-20:23 local time.
The PKK's armed wing, the People's Defence Forces (HPG) released a statement and photographs of the destruction on Saturday and said they would avenge the attacks.
"The fascist AKP government and dictator Erdogan, who continue their attacks against our growing Kurdistan freedom struggle have carried out airstrikes targeting the Mehmet Karasungur Cemetery of Martyrs where hundreds of martyred guerrillas are buried, as well as the grave of Ahmet Ince (Uncle Hasan) who greatly laboured for the construction of this cemetery, and the Museum of Martyrs visited by our people coming from four parts of Kurdistan. The Museum of Martyrs and graves of many fallen guerrillas were demolished as result of the strikes," the HPG's statement read.
Gravestones belonging to Kurdish militants were also destroyed in the southeastern city of Batman after the state appointed trustee to the local municipality gave an executive order. Local workers who refused to comply with the order were threatened with being dismissed from their positions.
Several cemeteries have been destroyed since a return to clashes between Turkish state forces and Kurdish fighters in July 2015, when Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan brought an end to the peace process.
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