Posted on September 7, 2016 by Editorial Staff in PKK
Sikorsky helicopter. Photo: Courtesy/US Army
DIYARBAKIR-AMED, Turkey’s Kurdish region,— The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) said that its fighters destroyed three Turkish helicopters in the district of Cukurca, in the Kurdish region in Turkey’s southeast.
The PKK released a statement on Tuesday published by ANF announcing the group’s fighters’ activities continue in Hakkari’s district of Cukurca, after they began on August 30.
According to the statement, five Turkish Sikorsky helicopters in the landing pad were targeted and hit by the Kurdish fighters, as a result of which 3 of these were destroyed and 2 others were damaged. The rebels also hit the Brigade building with mortars.
The PKK said its guerrillas effectively hit the Turkish soldiers that were deployed around Martyr Neval Hill in the morning of September 5. Killing 10 Turkish soldiers in this action and their bodies were retrieved from the area with helicopters.
Since July 2015, Turkey initiated a controversial military campaign against the PKK in the country’s southeastern Kurdish region after Ankara ended a two-year ceasefire agreement. Since the beginning of the campaign, Ankara has imposed several round-the-clock curfews, preventing civilians from fleeing regions where the military operations are being conducted.
Observers say the crackdown has taken a heavy toll on the Kurdish civilian population and accuse Turkey of using collective punishment against the minority.
Activists have accused the security forces of causing huge destruction to urban centres and killing Kurdish civilians.
Pro-Kurdish opposition political parties say about 1,000 civilians, mostly Kurds, have perished in the fighting, since the Turkish offensive against the PKK centred in towns and cities in Turkish Kurdistan.
The PKK took up arms in 1984 against the Turkish state, which still denies the constitutional existence of Kurds, to push for greater autonomy for the Kurdish minority who make up around 22.5 million of the country’s 78-million population. A large Turkey’s Kurdish community openly sympathise with PKK rebels.