HPG: At least 21 Turkish soldiers killed in Medya Defense Zones
HGP and YJA-Star continue to put up fierce resistance to the Turkish invasion of southern Kurdistan. Civilians have also been injured as a result of the Turkish military operation launched a week ago.
Guerrilla resistance to the Turkish invasion of the Zap, Metina and Avashin areas in the guerrilla-controlled Medya Defense Zones continues unabated. The press center of the People's Defense Forces (HGP) has released new details of guerrilla actions on April 27, 28 and 29, which left at least 21 soldiers of the Turkish army dead.
Zap and Avashin
On April 27, in the Zap region, a guerrilla assault destroyed a Turkish military position in Qela Bêdewê, killing one soldier. On April 28, three hours of fighting occurred in Avashin as Turkish forces advanced on Hill Martyr Serdar. While guerrillas managed to push back the enemy soldiers, the number of soldiers killed or injured could not be determined.
On the same day, five Turkish soldiers were killed in a guerrilla action on Hill Mamreşo in Avashin, and a dog used by the army was neutralized. At the same time, mortars were fired at another unit on the mountain. The Turkish army transported the dead and wounded away by helicopters an hour later. A short time later, guerrillas hit a Turkish unit on Hill Martyr Serdar with heavy weapons. Two soldiers were injured in the action.
HPG said that throughout Wednesday, the Turkish army tried in vain to penetrate the tunnel system on Hill Mamreşo, by means of 16 bombardments with fighter jets, grenade launchers and explosives.
On Thursday morning, the guerrillas carried out several actions in the Zap region, and fierce fighting took place. Details are to be released at a later date.
Metina and Heftanin
In Metina, on April 27, HPG targeted the Turkish forces on Hill Martyr Serhed from three sides, as a result of which four soldiers were killed and others injured. On the same day, two soldiers were killed on Hill Zendura. When the Turkish army tried to intervene with helicopters, guerrillas fired upon the helicopters and forced them to leave the area. A short time later, two actions of sabotage were carried out against Turkish forces on Hill Zendura as they cut down trees for a military camp. Five soldiers were killed as a result of strikes by guerrillas. In the evening, three soldiers were killed in two more sabotage actions on Hill Martyr Dilber.
In Heftanin, guerrillas targeted the Turkish forces on Hill Suikast in Xantur area on April 28, killing one soldier.
Air and artillery attacks
HPG further reported fierce air and artillery attacks in Zap, Metina and Avashin, which did not result in any guerrilla casualties.
As for the details, HPG press office said that on April 27, the Letter T area in the Zap region was bombed by fighter jets. From April 27 to 29, attacks with attack helicopters, howitzers, mortars and A4 weapons were carried out in Metina on the areas of Hirorê, Zendura, Derarê, Koordine, Martyr Dilber and Martyr Serhed hills. The vicinity of Beşilî village in Metina, Werxelê in Zap and Geliyê Avaşîn in Avashin were bombed by fighter jets on April 28, while Werxelê in Avashin was bombed three times.
Also on April 28, combat helicopters bombed the areas of Geliyê Basya, Geliyê Şîvê, Mamreşo, Aris-Faris and Mervanos in Avashin, as well as Small Cilo and Ertuş areas in the Zap region. Today, air strikes with fighter jets targeted Hill Zendura in Metina and Werxelê in Avashin.
Bombing of residential areas injured civilians
According to HPG statement, residential areas in the mountains are also deliberately bombed by the Turkish army. Agricultural crops are damaged, resulting in material losses to the local people. In addition, infrastructure is destroyed.
"For our people, this creates a difficult situation in the middle of Ramadan. As a result, three civilians who were trying to repair the damaged electricity network were injured when a Saddam-era mine was detonated. The Turkish occupying state is responsible for this unfortunate incident," HPG said.