HPG: 14 soldiers killed in actions by guerrillas
HPG reported that actions by guerrillas left 3 soldiers dead in Kars, 5 in Bitlis and at least 6 in Amed, North Kurdistan.
HPG (People's Defense Forces) Press Centre released a statement about the actions conducted by guerrillas and ongoing operations by the Turkish army in North Kurdistan, and continued Turkish airstrikes on Medya Defense Zones.
On 25 April, the Turkish army launched an operation in the Demirkapı area of Kağızman district of Kars. Guerrilla forces carried out a sabotage action against one arm of the operation on the same day. In this action, 3 soldiers were killed and 6 soldiers were wounded. After the action, cobra-type helicopters hit the area indiscriminately. The operation retreated without yielding results on 26 April.
On April 20, the Turkish army launched an operation around the villages of Oleka Jor, Oleka Jêr, Papiznıx, Germav and Horê, in the area of Martyr Mizgin in Bitlis province. The Turkish army digging ditches on village roads in the operation zone entered the area with contra units and village guards. On the same day, as a result of the clashes that erupted as guerrillas responded to the operation force, 5 soldiers were killed while many others were wounded.
Again, guerrillas carried out a sabotage action against a group of soldiers, in which the number of dead and wounded soldiers could not be clarified. On April 21, cobra-type helicopters hit the area indiscriminately. The operation continued extensively until April 24th, while it was withdrawn inconclusively on April 26th.
On 20 April, a curfew was declared in 7 villages in Amed's Pasur (Kulp) district. The Turkish army launched an extensive operation in a large territory involving Arkatin Strait, Dorsin Mountains and its slopes, Martyr Yilmaz Mountain, Diyarê Mêrga, Sinak, Goma Deyika and Kela Sor areas.
On April 21, at 06.00, Cobra-type helicopters bombarded the operation areas with helicopters, howitzers and mortars. After the bombardment, the Turkish troops tried to position themselves in these areas.
Guerrillas carried out an ambush action against the soldiers positioned in the areas of Serkendal and Eskar on April 22 at 19:00. Six soldiers were killed in this action.
On the same day at 19.30, guerrillas carried out a sabotage action against a group of soldiers, and the number of dead and wounded soldiers could not be clarified.
On April 23rd at 06.30, 4 cobra helicopters hit the Geliyê Eskar area for about an hour. At the same day at 13.00, a group of guerrillas and Turkish army soldiers engaged in a clash, during which two female guerrillas fell as martyrs, while the exact number of losses suffered by the Turkish army couldn't be clarified.
On the same day, the Turkish army entered and damaged empty houses in the Eskar area. The operation was withdrawn at night on April 23rd. The actions in the operation were carried out in memory of guerrillas who were martyred in the province.
On April 24, at 10.30 am, guerrillas carried out an action with mortars against the Mılê Gurya battalion in Şırnak. In this action, the number of dead and wounded soldiers could not be clarified.
On April 27, at 02:00 pm, the Turkish army launched an operation in the areas of Govendê and Deriyê Grana, located on the border of Hakkari, Yüksekova. The operation is still continuing.
On April 27, between 2:00 pm and 3:00 pm, Turkish army warplanes bombarded the territory of Derarê in the area of Metina area of guerrilla-held Medya Defense Zones in South Kurdistan territory.