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 Turkey's Roboski Kurdish massacre: Who gave the order to fire?

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Turkey's Roboski Kurdish massacre: Who gave the order to fire?  4.2.2012  
By ekurd.net staff writers








Locals gather in front of the bodies of people who were killed in a Turkish warplane attack in the Ortasu village of Uludere, in the Sirnak province [Turkey Kurdistan], on December 29, 2011. Turkish warplanes killed 34 Kurdish villagers in an air strike near the Iraqi Kurdistan border, Photo: EPA.
 
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The order to fire was allegedly given by Ankara

February 4, 2012


ANKARA, — Report by Milliyet Daily claimed that the Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV-Heron) footages had been watched "minute by minute" by six bases before the bombardment in the village of Roboski near the Iraqi Kurdistan border where 34 Kurdish civilians were killed on 28 December 2011. The report with the title "Intelligence came from UAV, the fire order from Ankara” said that the order to open fire on villagers had been given by the government in Ankara, ANF news agency reported.

The report quoted an official in Şırnak as follows; "The UAV footages were being watched in Ankara, Malatya, Diyarbakır, Şırnak, Van and Şenoba Brigade Commanderships in Uludere second by second. The air bombardment started following the order given from Ankara. The artillery shooting was stopped and warplanes took off from Şenoba Brigade Commandership by the instruction of Ankara government. The smugglers were bombarded around 19.30-20.00 o’clock. While the herons continued to fly over the area after the bombardment as well, a second bombardment was made in the area 45 minutes later.”

Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) Chair Selahattin Demirtaş last week asked the Prime Minister whether the order to fire had been given by him or not. During the AKP Group Meeting on 31 January,www.ekurd.net PM Erdoğan responded to Demirtaş’s question with insults and also said that; "We authorize security forces in a general framework and they take the necessary actions as well as consulting us on certain subjects if necessary."

Survivors and witnesses of a Turkish air strike that killed 35 Kurdish villagers as they smuggled goods questioned the army's account that they had mistaken them for Kurdish rebels.

Amnesty International last January calls on the Turkish authorities to investigate immediately the death of at least 35 Kurdish civilians in the military airstrike. Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said on January 3, 2012 Turkey will pay reparations to the families of Kurdish villagers killed in air strikes near the Iraqi Kurdistan border, but will not officially apologise. Hasip Kaplan, BDP parliamentary group president and deputy for Şırnak has said that Ankara is behind the massacre in the Kurdish village of Roboski.

A US Predator drone mistakenly targeted the Kurdish civilians, a report said last January. The drone, was one of four based at Incirlik Airbase in southern Turkey, launched the airstrike in December on the village of Ortasu, sources told Turkey's Aydinlik. In its main headline on Sunday, Turkish Aydinlik newspaper quoted "credible sources" as saying that the US drone had launched the airstrike by targeting the victims. Iran's Press TV reported. Turkish air force F-16 fighter jets arrived on scene about 16 to 18 minutes later and continued the attack on what the military thought were members of the of Kurdistan Workers' Party rebel group, Iran's Press TV said.

Turkey’s Consul-General in Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan region, Aydin Selcen, confirmed reports that the US deployed drones to Turkey’s Incirlik air base following its troop withdrawal from Iraq.

On the same issue, the journalist, Ece Temelkuran, said she was fired from her job as a columnist at the daily newspaper Haberturk because of the critical stance she took on the incident, in which Turkish air force jets killed diesel fuel and cigarette smugglers, many of them less than 17 years of age. The Turkish military said it believed the smugglers were insurgents from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK.

The pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) has taken the case of Roboski massacre to the International Criminal Court ICC on January 24, 2012.

Since it was established in 1984, the PKK has been fighting the Turkish state, which still denies the constitutional existence of Kurds, to establish a Kurdish state in the south east of the country, sparking a conflict that has claimed some 45,000 lives.

But now its aim is the creation an autonomous Kurdish region and more cultural rights for ethnic Kurds who constitute the greatest minority in Turkey, numbering more than 20 million. A large Turkey's Kurdish community openly sympathise with the Kurdish PKK rebels.

PKK's demands included releasing PKK detainees, lifting the ban on education in Kurdish, paving the way for an autonomous democrat Kurdish system within Turkey, reducing pressure on the detained PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan, stopping military action against the Kurdish party and recomposing the Turkish constitution.

Turkey refuses to recognize its Kurdish population as a distinct minority. It has allowed some cultural rights such as limited broadcasts in the Kurdish language and private Kurdish language courses with the prodding of the European Union, but Kurdish politicians say the measures fall short of their expectations.

The PKK is considered as 'terrorist' organization by Ankara, U.S., the PKK continues to be on the blacklist list in EU despite court ruling which overturned a decision to place the Kurdish rebel group PKK and its political wing on the European Union's terror list. 

Sources: firatnewws.com | AFP | ekurd.net | Agencies

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