HPG: Guerrillas continue dealing blows to the Turkish army
Guerrilla resistance to the invasion of Medya Defense Zones continues unabated. The Turkish army is using chemical agents to penetrate tunnel systems.
Guerrillas continue resisting the Turkish military invasion in South Kurdistan. According to statement by the HPG (People's Defense Forces) Press Office about the ongoing battle in Medya Defense Zones, the Turkish army's ground forces are still unable to penetrate the guerrillas' positions and tunnel systems. Massive airstrikes continue in Avashin as well as in Metina and the Zap region.
According to the HPG, the Turkish army again used unknown chemical agents in its latest attempt to penetrate underground guerrilla bases at the Zendura hill in Metina. The HPG and YJA-Star guerrillas responded to the attempted infiltration and forced the soldiers to retreat. Shortly thereafter, the "Şehîd Delal Amed Air Defense Units" carried out a strike on the occupation forces at Zendura and hit the targeted objectives successfully hit, the statement said.
Revolutionary Offensive Bazên Zagrosê
In the Avashin region, guerrillas continued their actions on Sunday, especially at Şehîd Dilgeş hill in Mervanos where two summit positions of Turkish troops were struck simultaneously. According to HPG, three soldiers were killed and another was injured. Following the action, the battle area was shelled by the Turkish army with heavy weapons.
Later in the day, the guerrillas infiltrated Turkish units' positions at Şehîd Dilgeş hill. The successful infiltration operation resulted in fierce battles, which ended up in more Turkish army casualties. The exact number could not be determined.
In the Zap region, guerrillas prevented Turkish troops from entering the Small Cilo area. One soldier was killed in the initial shelling of the military units, and four soldiers died in a simultaneous sabotage action. Another two soldiers were injured.
Air and ground attacks by Turkish forces
- 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.: The tunnel systems at Şehîd Serdar hill were bombed with chemical warfare agents.
- 21:40 to 22:30: Troop dropped on Mamreşo/Avashin from helicopters.
- Around 00.00: Fighter jets carried out two strikes on Dola Konferansê/Avashin.
- 23:00 to 00:00 and 3:00 to 4:00: Reconnaissance flights over Qela Bêdewê/Zap were followed by bombardments by helicopters.
- 23:00 to 00:00: Attack helicopters targeted the areas of Derarê, Kêste and Zendura. Four air strikes by fighter jets struck Derarê.
4:10 a.m.: Three airstrikes targeted Zendura/Metina
8:40 a.m.: Air strike on Qela Bêdewê
HPG guerrilla martyred in Amed
The HPG statement also includes information on military operations and guerrilla actions in the province of Amed (Diyarbakir). According to the statement, "On January 9, 2021, the Turkish occupying state launched a comprehensive operation in the Şehîd Kendal area in Amed. One of the operation units involved was targeted by our forces and came under fire. The death of three occupiers has been established and two others were wounded. After the action, the occupiers deployed more troops and expanded the operation area. The military operation lasted for ten days and was stopped without results on January 19.”
The statement continued, “On April 14, the occupying state again launched an operation in Şehîd Kendal area. In the course of the operation, the enemy came into contact with our forces, which turned into a fierce battle. In the course of the forty-minute confrontation, our companion Mahir Farqîn fell after a selfless fight to the last bullet. Our friend Dara Bagok fell injured into enemy captivity. The Turkish occupying army announced that one of its soldiers had been killed and four others wounded. We can say with certainty that the losses among the occupying forces were higher than officially admitted, but we were not able to determine the exact number. The operation continued until April 17. We will release the identity details of our comrade Mahir Farqîn to the public as soon as it is secured."