The vicinity of the Kurdish city of
Semdinli in Turkey is under the control of Kurdish
Press Release by KNK Media Committee via Ekurd.net
August 1, 2012
Turkish military operation in Semdinli, the Kurdish
region in SE Turkey. Photo: TRT TV.
PKK demanded Turkey's recognition of the Kurds'
identity in its constitution and of their language
as a native language along with Turkish in the
country's Kurdish areas,
the party also demanded an end to
ethnic discrimination in Turkish laws and
constitution against Kurds, ranting them full
political freedoms. Photo: HPG
To The Press and The Public
The vicinity of the Kurdish city of Semdinli in
Turkey is under the control of Kurdish Guerrillas!
The Turkish Army has been under military siege by
the Kurdish Guerrillas for 9 days! The Turkish Army
bombs Kurdish civilians and villages due to its
defeat against the Guerrilla!
The People Defense Forces HPG, the military wing of
the Kurdistan Workers' Party PKK, have been in
control of a large vicinity of the Semdinli Town of
Hakkari City for the past 9 days, and have reported
that 49 special forces members have been killed and
2 military helicopters which include a Cobra type
and a Skorsky type have been shot down. It is
reported that whilst the Guerrilla have taken
control of the area, the Turkish Army has been
unsuccessful in entering the area. Local sources
state that the Kurdish guerrillas sometimes come to
the immediate vicinity of Semdinli Town and conduct
“The Turkish Army has been imprisoned in military
HPG Military Council Member Kemal Garzan, assessed
the road-side controls and skirmishes that have been
going on since 23 July in Semdinli Town (Şemzinan)
of Hakkari City, stating “The operation we are
conducting in Şemzinan, is a revolutionary
operation. It's a siege. Control of the area is in
the hands of the HPG. No matter what the cost may
be, we will not take a step back. The Turkish army
is at a loss and does not know what to do. Turkish
army suffered heavy casualties in this operation.
During this time, the organisations of the Turkish
state and army in Şemzinan have been dissolved. The
Turkish army is unable to leave Şemzinan Town centre
or its military stations.
In the mean time, UAVs have been constantly flying
over Semdinli Town's borders since 23 July. HPG
guerrillas have asserted their control over a large
area for more than a week. This proves a first for
the guerrilla struggle since the 90s.
Whilst the skirmishes which started 9 days ago still
continue, the rural areas of the town are under
constant bombardment of Turkish war planes.
Following the capture of control, by the guerrillas,
over a large area of Semdinli Town in Hakkari, the
most comprehansive bombardment since 24 July has
taken place. However, it has been reported that this
offensive has also been pushed back by the
guerrilla, and did not produce any results.
Turkish army clears out Kurdish villages by force
due to its defeat against the Guerrilla!
To cover up and hide its failures against the
Kurdish guerrillas, the Turkish state does not allow
the press to enter the area and threatens the lives
of journalists who report these news. Despite the
large number of military casualties caused by
intense skirmishes over the past 9 days, the Turkish
media does not inform the global public of these
news. Since 23 July, the Turkish state has emptied
tens of Kurdish villages,www.ekurd.net
and there is currently no contact with another 10
villages and 42 hamlets. Both a Kurdish member of
parliament and the Mayor of Hakkari have been denied
travel into the area by the Turkish soldiers.
According to the local sources, skirmishes still
continue in Semdinli. The Turkish army have been
constantly transporting armed vehicles and soldiers
to the area in order to regain control.
The development of these events may also bring about
a humanitarian drama. We would like to inform the
public and all related peoples of the urgency of the
KNK Media Committee
August 1, 2012
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