HPG reports ongoing Turkish attacks on guerrilla areas

The Turkish army continues its attacks on guerrilla positions in southern Kurdistan although the guerrillas have been in a defensive position for humanitarian reasons since the severe earthquake in the Turkish-Syrian border region on 6 February.

According to the daily statement by the Press Office of the People's Defence Forces (HPG), the Turkish army carried out 19 attacks on guerrilla positions in the Medya Defense Zones in southern Kurdistan (northern Iraq) on March 27, Monday.

HPG reported that the guerrilla positions in the area of Sida in Zap region were attacked twice, facing a response from the guerrillas in an act of self-defence.

The Girê FM Resistance Area and the guerrilla positions Çemço and Sida were targeted by 17 attacks with howitzers, tanks and heavy weapons.

Çemço and Sida belong to the Sheladize sub-district near the town of Amadiya in Duhok governorate and have been the focus of the occupation forces since the partial withdrawal of the Turkish army from the Zap region at the end of last year.

Turkey's attacks continue despite a ceasefire announced by the Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK). The decision was taken after the devastating earthquake disaster in the Turkish-Syrian border area on 6 February. The Kurdish guerrillas, which include the HPG and the YJA Star (Free Women's Troops), are implementing the call for a cessation of all hostilities and are in a defensive position.

In a statement on February 9, the Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK), an umbrella organization of the Kurdish freedom movement of which the PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party) is also a member, called for a halt of military actions in Turkey, in metropolises and cities. “It is necessary to prevent the people from experiencing even more suffering in this affliction”, said Cemil Bayık, co-chairman of the executive council of the KCK.

The Central Headquarters of the People's Defence Forces (HSM) expressed support for the KCK's call and said on February 11 that the guerrillas were ready to do their part to alleviate the suffering of people.